Rams can be simple to raise if you have a wet thumb with fish altogether. But the fact is that most people don't. They are more difficult than the average fish, and there are all types of problems that can pop up in breeding this fish. Take it from me. I've been through it. It's not as easy as some people make it sound on the computer. But on the other hand you don't need to make a culture of green water to start these guys on. They will eat baby brine shrimp. Also, most rams make horrible parents because they will eat the fry. However the few rams that do choose to raise fry are good parents.
Don't buy these unless they are nice looking. There are so many inbred ones on the market...bent spines, etc. Horrible. I searched for many months before I found a satisfactory group, and I live in Florida, where fish are very easy to find. I bought them all. Most lack color or look like they've been stepped on. I wish these breeders would just stop. And the "balloon" rams, what a shame, think balloon molly, but a ram. Maybe it's just me, but I find this disturbing.
The Blue Ram is my favorite freshwater fish out of all. They have so much color in them. But when you first buy them they may lose their color an they will be shy when first introduced into the tank. But after a while they should fit right in. It's easy to tell the sexual differences between the male and the female. The male has three long rays at the end of the dorsal fin. The female as a pink belly. They are a peceful species, but when they spawn they can be very aggressive...the most amazing part about them is that they defend the fry together!
These are the break dancers of my community aqariium. I love the way they swim starting and stopping, starting again then stopping, then changing direction. These are, however, not the easiest fish to keep, as I have found that they are sensetive and become easily stressed. The hard part is settling them in, but after that they should be alright. Well worth the time and effort.
These are a little fish with spunk! In my experience, they are perfectly capable of sticking up for themselves. I currently have one in my 500 L tank along with some much larger fish, including one rather aggressive 15 cm green terror. There is no funnier sight than watching my blue ram chase the terror around the tank (which happens quite a lot). Unfortunately I’m going to have to move the ram when the terror grows large enough to swallow him. Contrary to what other people have said, I’ve found my rams to be aggressive eaters. Mine is always pushing its way past the larger cichlids at feeding time. They’ll eat anything including algae tablets. My current ram has even (unsuccessfully) gone for adult guppies that I feed to the larger fish!
I have a very prolific pair of breeding german blue rams. I am presently raising a brood of them which are about 15 weeks old now and ready for homes. I haven't found these fish to be very difficult to keep at all. My pH runs at about 7.8-8.0 consistantly with a water hardness at about 80 ppm. Everything I have read about them says I should not be able to keep them healthy, never mind actually breed them and raise the fry to adulthood. The biggest problem I can see with them is that they stress out A LOT when acclimating them into their new homes. Go very slowly with that process. Other than that...I did have to nurse them through a bout of camelanus nematodes, which they had when I got them. Lost only one to that issue...and one in the acclimation process. I still have the other 3 I bought at that time...plus about 70 or so juvies from one of their spawns.