I have been having some success (finally!) with my Electric Blue Rams. However my oldest one has recently "followed the white light". My estimation for his age is roughly 2 years old. He abruptly became disinterested in eating, spent more time either hiding or just staying in one space. Behavior was lethargic. The other two rams are fine and younger by probably a year. He was the dominant male, but just seemed to have lost energy and will to live. No visible injuries or signs of infection/infestation. No rapid breathing. My Co2 has been ironed out and is actually lower than it has been in the past (with good results for plants and fish) so I am doubting that type of stress. He rapidly declined over the course of the week. I'm sure his lack of eating compounded whatever was going on. I was about to put him in a hospital tank to ensure he ate, but he deteriorated very quickly in the last 24 hours. He was my favorite
My question is: Was it just his "time"? as in 2 years is a reasonable lifespan for Blue Rams. There is no other sign of distress in any other fish. There has not been a death of any kind in several months. The last was a cardinal tetra at a water change, which I'm assuming some type of stress sent him over to the "other side", not illness.
What are reasonable lifespans to expect for many of our critters? ie shrimp, characins, apistos, etc.
To ensure health of my fish I try to feed a varied diet: pellets, flakes, frozen brine, bloodworms, others. I often hold the frozen food with tweezers as it makes it much easier for the rams to eat it before the other fast fish when they don't have to look for it.
Any other tips?
The tank was scaped to accommodate the rams. there were locations used for hiding places, stones, and no long lines of sight to avoid fighting. The rams actually got along fairly well. They would have some confrontations, developed a pecking order, and would also spend time around eachother.
RIP Big Blue