Blue Ram not showing its colors :(
Hi, first of all i'd like to introduce myself. I'm new here and it's been a while since the last time i joined a forum. My name is Ivanovikch and i'm from mexico.
I decided to join looking for help. i have a 15 gal. planted set up.
1 blue ram.
5 tetra glowlight.
1 algea eater.
7 Rasbora Arlequin.
3 glass fish.
KH: 2.0 dKh
Nitrate 20-40 ppm
i do weekly water changes of 30% because according to me the tank is a little overstoked. i've had trouble with algea but it's under control now.
Ok...the problem i'm having or my doubt is with my bleu ram... i bought it like 10 months ago and it's been fine. It eats well and, no signs of stress BUT...
it does not show the colors i've seen in pictures over the internet. i've been fooling arround with PH and KH because i read in an online article that this lack of
color was due to stress caused by inadecuate parameters ( PH/ KH) so i lower them . it's been like 5 days with PH 6.4 and KH 1 and the fish looks red but still
not showing its true colors... i know it has those blue colores and stuff because sometimes ( when it is fighting for territory it changes its colors and they are very nice)
but that lasts 1 minute or so.
Well a lot of writing, the only thing i'd like you to tell me is if i'm doing something wrong.. or what should i do?
Here a picture:
A very dangerous thing in an aquarium is an unstable ph and kh. The idea that you have been changing that while your fish is already showing signs of stress could actually kill the fish. I have not seen your whole tank layout but it seems, as you say, that you are overstocked. Your 30% water change weekly is not enough considering your current stock.
Are you aware of the source of all of your fish? What mean to say is did you know if they were wild caught or tank bred?
Something to also consider, the tank has a very light gravel. Most of the time, the fish is going to try to camoflage its self from predators. This may just be as simple as the fish wants to blend in with the gravel.
100% agree with Sandz.
Another thing-you may have been sold a gold ram-when they are baby's its difficult to tell sometimes the exact type.
i'd chalk it up to stress from overstocking the tank,
gold ram or some blend between a GBR/gold
side note-it took my GBR's full color to show in about 9 days in QT.
just wasn't pleased leaving his old home and put in a new one.
He looks more like a gold ram to me than a blue one. As mentioned already, don't mess with your pH. It's better than fine right where it is normally and you are putting all your fish in peril messing with it.
And I just read the post above this one regarding this perhaps being a gold ram. Sorry Mizz
Thanks for the answers... another thing that worries me is that white area next to the eye in the front... that is new... is it a parasite?
Its an irridecent fleck. I dont see any issue with this ram.
It could be a gold ram, but it looks just like my 'blue' ram and he was in a tank with gold rams at the lfs where I bought him and the color difference between the blue and the gold was very remarkable.
I've been wondering if I didn't end up with a Bolivian because my guy, also does not often color up like the photos I've seen - sometimes, he does though. I've found he's a master of color change - never looks the same twice.
Because I want to have blue ram LOL I'm liking Sandz explanation that perhaps it's a method of camouflage as my ram is also in a tank with about the same color substrate.
30 g FW planted:corys, female ABNP, blue angel, harleys, zebra danios, rummies, mystery & assassin snails
15 g FW planted:2 male guppies, neons, pygmy corys, clown pleco, 4 types of shrimp, mystery & assassin snails
90 g FW planted:congos, rainbows, roseline sharks, kribs, male ABNP, peppered cories, assassin snailss
90 Gal Journal: http://bit.ly/1vC7gVX
fishless cycling: http://bit.ly/1DARf3T
fish in cycling: http://bit.ly/1ILvcfp
Your nitrates are very high as well. Up your water changes until you can get a bigger tank. I would change 30% every other day until the nitrates are 10 and under, then you can drop it down to 2x a week.