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Trying to Spawn Bolivian Rams

6 years 3 months ago #29849 by BCParker
BCParker created the topic: Trying to Spawn Bolivian Rams
This will be a log of my first attempt at getting Bolivian Rams to spawn.  They're not exactly rare but I like them a lot so what the hell.

Bought two back in august,  both male.  I spent at least a half hour staring at a tank with thirty young rams back in  December looking for a female.  They all looked exactly the same. Picked the one with the shortest spines in the front of the dorsal.  I think I got lucky, I'm pretty sure I've got a pair.  The female is still pretty young but we'll give it a shot.

Setup:
10gallon tank, regular tap water, 82F. hang on power filter
  Fine quartz gravel mixed with sand, bunch of rocks forming a few caves,
plants for cover, 
Two small pieces of slate buried up front with a quarter sized spot exposed.

I moved the female into the tank three days ago and the male the next day after she'd settled a bit.
also in the tank- one female guppy and a bunch of ramshorn snails.

Both hid for the first 48 hrs.

25 % Water change this morning, normal tap, few degrees cooler than tank
Fed frozen bloodworms until they would eat no more.

They've started showing some good signs.  Locking lips, synchronized swimming, started clearing the slate. Tube's down on female.

pics of the setup and some of the fish.

Male a few weeks ago:

Female I hope:

Tank:  Coffee filters taped over top to dim light, Maybe remove one slate so they can concentrate on one?
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They're mostly focused on the black slate.  Male uses his body,  female uses her mouth one grain at a time and spits them all the way in the far corner.


Back to the red


More to come if I see some eggs.

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6 years 3 months ago #29850 by keltonsports
keltonsports replied the topic: Re: Trying to Spawn Bolivian Rams
looking good and good luck. I know rams can be hard to breed sometimes.

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6 years 3 months ago - 6 years 3 months ago #29851 by BCParker
BCParker replied the topic: Re: Trying to Spawn Bolivian Rams
Thanks

;D This was too easy.

eggs this afternoon.  I'd clean the glass but don't want to stress them.  This batch will stay in with the pair,  see what happens.



Edit:  Male got beat up slightly.  Hopefully did his job with the eggs, I moved him back into the other tank. Not enough room in a 10gallon for him to hide from the female.
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6 years 3 months ago #29852 by whetfish
whetfish replied the topic: Re: Trying to Spawn Bolivian Rams
Nice!  Congrats.

Not checked for facts.

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6 years 3 months ago #29855 by keltonsports
keltonsports replied the topic: Re: Trying to Spawn Bolivian Rams
congrads

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6 years 3 months ago #29863 by BCParker
BCParker replied the topic: Re: Trying to Spawn Bolivian Rams
Only a few turned white but she ate about half the eggs anyway.  she doesn't seem to do a very good job guarding/fanning the eggs.

I can see eyes in the remaining eggs if I look really close. Male got things done.


best I can do through the dirty glass:

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