Resident Aquarium Nerd
Join Date: Apr 2004
Location: Murfreesboro, TN
German rams really aren't as hard to keep as people make them out to be. Kinda like saltwater fish IMO.
A tank with live plants and driftwood is perfect for them--the driftwood will often lower the pH, too, which makes keeping them easier (they prefer a pH on the lower side). Oh, and it's best to feed a variety of foods, mostly live/frozen, rather than just flakes. But that goes for most cichlids anyway. They grow to be about two and a half to three inches.
I think the biggest problem is finding healthy ones to begin with. You need to go to a fish store where people know what they're doing. They're worth it, though--beautiful coloration and nice personalities.
As for the Brichardi, I haven't kept them. However, from everything I've read and been told, they're pretty easy to keep. Make sure you have a good tank cover, though, as I've heard of them jumping out of aquariums!
"We weep for a bird's cry, but not for a fish's blood. Blessed are those with a voice."
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