Discussion in 'Ram Cichlid' started by VAFish, Jul 15, 2015.

  1. VAFishValued MemberMember

    I "rescued" this guy/gal from petco the other day. Was the only one left in a tank full of gouramis. It's colored up slightly since getting it, but it's very pale compared to others I've seen. Do you think it's stress or age that could be the reason for not coloring up? I've attached a pic.

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  2. LiterallyHydroWell Known MemberMember

    Nice! It's possible the ram just isn't comfortable in the tank yet. It may take time for him to feel more comfortable in there.
  3. JswinWell Known MemberMember

    Mine didn't get full colors for about a week
  4. LiterallyHydroWell Known MemberMember

    Out of curiosity, what size tank is the GBR in? Could you provide a full picture of the aquarium?
  5. Dom90Fishlore VIPMember

    Is it possible it's a female and they don't color up as males?

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  6. LiterallyHydroWell Known MemberMember

    Female GBRs in my experience color up just about as much as males. Just a few slight variation in their pattern.
  7. VAFishValued MemberMember

    No idea what the sex is lol.

    Here's a pic of the tank. It's a 75

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  8. LiterallyHydroWell Known MemberMember

    Nice tank. You should get some tall plants for the far right.

    It seems like he has a few decent hiding places in there.
  9. JeffKWell Known MemberMember

    Give it a few more days to settle in - and congrats on your new fish!
  10. VAFishValued MemberMember

    Thanks everyone. I have some real plants in there that are new so they should help fill in some.

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  11. newtanksyndromeValued MemberMember

    Its been 2 months in my tank (with perfect water quality i might add) and it STILL hasmt colored up :(
    And wow... Yours has nice long fins!

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  12. VAFishValued MemberMember

    I wonder if there are different strains of GBR? Mine almost looks bright yellow

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  13. Anders247Fishlore LegendMember

    Yes, there is. There's golden rams, electric blue rams, german blue rams, and wild rams. (All Mikrogeophagus ramirezi)
    Nice ram!
  14. alinkWell Known MemberMember

    Also Angel Rams aka Balloon Rams.

    EDIT: This fish looks more like a Bolivian to me. I dont see any blue specs. anywhere on the fish..

    RE-EDIT: On second thought, the mouth is not like a Bolivian. Is it possible for GBR and Bolivian to cross breed? Its not a Golden or Electric Blue because they dont have the black spot and stripes.
  15. VAFishValued MemberMember

    I was wondering if it had some Bolivian in it as well. It does have blue specs on the tail and body, they just don't show up in the pic. But he seems very golden for a true blue ram don't you think?

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  16. chromedome52Fishlore VIPMember

    No, it's just a regular Ram, male. Probably not a German strain, more likely Asian in origin; they tend to be more yellowish. Incidentally, the term "German Blue Ram" was made up to sell Asian grown fish by associating them with the much hardier and darker German Ram, which really isn't that blue but has heavy black markings. There really never was a German Blue Ram, but the name has become so widespread that it would be impossible to erase it from the hobby; it has replaced the term Common Ram.

    Wild populations have considerable variability, so it's not just the aquarium strains that can look different.

    To my knowledge, it is impossible for ramirezi and altispinosus to hybridize due to behavioral differences. At the very least, I am not aware of anyone having done so.
  17. Anders247Fishlore LegendMember

    Yeah.... I don't like those ones at all... poor fish.
  18. LiterallyHydroWell Known MemberMember

    I had an electric blue ram about 4 months ago. Was a really neat fish. Striking colors.