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08-26-2014, 06:59 PM #1
German Blue Ram's 20 Gallon
So here's the journal for my 20 gallon German Blue Ram tank. Its not really that much at the moment and only has some rocks, a clay pot, and a few pieces of driftwood. Luckily for me I have the most confident GBR in the world so having a semi-bare tank isn't much of an issue. Currently the tank stock consists of my male GBR, and 10 Nannostomus beckfordi (4f/6m). I'm hoping to change up my pencilfish sex ratio so its 8f/2m. Unfortunately for me when I purchased them originally they were the only ones at my lfs so I didn't really have much control over the sex ratio, plus they had neutral colors when being caught so I had no idea which was male or female. I'm also looking to get my GBR a mate as he seems to be wanting to breed, his tube is almost always exposed. I was hoping to buy from the same seller, www.germanbluerams.com, but I haven't been sure on how many females I should buy. I was thinking of getting 3 but I'm not sure which number would work the best to get a pair. You guys got any ideas??
Anyway here's a photo of the tank. As I said its nothing special. I'm hoping to get some manzanita branches soon. I'm also looking to add a bunch more rocks and replace the clay pot with two or three coconut caves, I actually made the caves today I just have yet to boil them and make the entrance holes.
And at last here are some photos of the GBR. As you can see unlike other mature males he lacks intense black colors. His spot is black but had freckling of light blue that shines through it. The black band on his eye isn't strong and his nose is bright orange. Some other cool things about him is that his caudal and dorsal fins have quite a bit of pink in them, reminds me of Bolivian rams or larger geophagus species, and his dorsal fins last few rays are incredibly extended, so much so that they curl into a spiral at the end.
As you can see in the blurry second and third photos his last few dorsal rays are overly extended making him resemble a longfin GBR. Along with that his blues aren't the normal sapphire blues you'd see in a regular GBR but are paler and resemble the blues of an Electric Blue Ram instead. Maybe i'm hyping him up because he's my baby but I really think he's an incredibly unique and gorgeous GBR.
Last edited by Gesp56; 08-26-2014 at 07:02 PM.
08-26-2014, 07:00 PM #2
08-26-2014, 07:02 PM #3
nice Pics good looking fish. cant wait to see what you do with tank.Fishes go "pook pook"
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08-26-2014, 07:23 PM #4
08-26-2014, 07:34 PM #5
Thanks so much to the both of you. He really is gorgeous. Hoping I can get him a good female and get a nice pair. Would love to get an Electric Blue female but its impossible to get one that isn't inbred or hormone injected.
08-26-2014, 07:38 PM #6
08-26-2014, 07:44 PM #7
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08-26-2014, 07:45 PM #8
Yupp. Electic Blues could be produced without inbreeding but it would take years. That's why they're inbred. Along with that commerical GBRs are injected with hormones to rapidly grow them out. This results in 2 month old fry looking like fully mature adults. Its easy to tell the difference. If you think a GBR is injected, scare it. Bang the glass hard so it gets really spooked. If its colors remain intact then its injected. If it dulls and shows dark intermittent horizontal bars along its body then its not injected with hormones. My male didn't start showing these colors until a few months ago, and he's over a year old already. Even as an adult he doesn't show intense colors or have a black vertical eye bar unless he's acting territorial. Its nice that he's not inbred or hormone injected. I get to see behavior and colors that most people don't, plus he's incredibly peaceful. I've heard so many stories of GBRs being so aggressive and territorial all the time. The only time my GBR acts aggressive is if the Pencilfish come too low to the substrate and when I do a water change. Other than that all he wants to do is swim around the tank. He gets so excited when I come by and starts swimming around the tank begging me for food. He really is a great fish.
08-26-2014, 09:03 PM #9
08-26-2014, 09:53 PM #10
He is a very handsome fellow, that's for sure! Thanks for posting pics of the little guy.