Sexing Malawi's and Rams

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  1. Slojo

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    @ Johan - I do not know how to sex them.

    Question?:wondering:

    Do we/The LFS get Female Malawis and Rams from overseas and/or local suppliers or do the breeders keep them to sustain their industry?

    If females are available where can we get them?
     
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    Slojo - Malawi's are mostly bred locally and you can pick up fems

    Rams are mostly imported - Not too many people can keep them alive - never mind breed them. The females are easy to tell apart from the males.
     
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    Malawi males Have more egg spots on their anal fin. Females have less. THis is a rule of thumb and not a science. HAd a lot of success with this method, though.

    Rams - in my experience have a redder tummy area than the males. Males finnages longer and redder.
     
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    Germa Blue Rams:
    Females have that blue sheen that runs over the black dot on their bodies.
    Males have a clear cut black dot with no sheen running through it.
     
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    Slojo

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    I think that this will help me a lot.Thx Risen i'm going to try and see if i can find some "females".
     
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    @ Slojo: What female malawi's are you looking for?
     
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    I have seen Rams at a pet store in Parow and was in a simple setup tank, no substrate no special filtration are they really hard to keep a live. The only thing i noticed was the light was off.
     
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    Donny, Rams aren't 'hard to keep alive' - they are just really finicky about their water. Just make sure that the water is exactly the way they like it, do regular water changes, make sure the tank is completely cycled before putting them in, and you should be fine. That being said, ALOT of people have lost their Rams in the first week or so after getting them.
     
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    Ok mmmm i realy like there colour and size ... but will make sure i get them last in my tank if i get any.... with my 1.2 setup that i had in the past use to 1/4 water changes once a month as well as filter cleans
     
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    Laure Cyano Terminator

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    If you're gonna get rams be sure you do that 1/4 water change WEEKLY, not monthly! Clean the filter monthly.
     
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    ok will keep this in mind if i do get them .. Thanks Laure
     
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    Slojo

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    I actually want to chuck the Malawis.I need two large O's and discus.
     
  14. Zafgak

    Zafgak Old fart

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    Slojo - If you have a prob getting discus give me a pm..
     
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    Slojo

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    Will as soon as i get rid of the malawis and finished the tank.
    Thanx Zaf.
     
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    lol, if i had space and a tank, i'd take em, but, i dont... or ... maybe i dont, i'm not sure, but i probably shouldn't be entertaining the idea of MTS...
     
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    Why not? :bigsmile::blink1: Most of us are 'sufferers' why not join us ??? (evil cackle)
     
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    where will i get a tank and stand? rather, it should be a cabinet, or it will look zef in my apartment
     

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