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post #1 of 7 Old 04-13-2010, 02:11 PM Thread Starter
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10 gallon stocking question

Okay so I have another 10 gallon available for a freshwater tank. This is what I am hoping to stock, please let me know what you think!

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1 German Blue Ram
1 Bristle Nose Pleco (or Bushy Nose Pleco)
And if any invertebrates can be added please let me know which ones as I have never had any. I'm looking on LiveAquaria.com and there's some cool inverts like a clam, snail, shrimp, or a mini crab.

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post #2 of 7 Old 04-13-2010, 02:18 PM
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Only one suggestion, that the ram should be a pair. Mikrogeophagus ramirezi are social fish that interact a lot, and a mated pair would be interesting fish. Just make sure thay are a male/female pair, and if you observe them in the store tank you can usually readily see the mated pairs.

As with basically all dwarf cichlids, they should have other fish around them, again it stimulates their natural behaviours and that always means healthier fish. In a 10g the "dither" fish would need to be small, something like Ember Tetras (Hyphessobrycon amandae) would suit the water for rams, or one of the dwarf rasbora species, or dwarf pencilfish. Lots of plants would keep the water stable for all these.

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Thanks a lot, I'll be sure to get a pair and some live plants to keep the water a bit more stable for these guys. As for the "dither" fish, would a small school of Cory Cats work? I would like some kind of fish for the bottom of the tank.

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Thanks a lot, I'll be sure to get a pair and some live plants to keep the water a bit more stable for these guys. As for the "dither" fish, would a small school of Cory Cats work? I would like some kind of fish for the bottom of the tank.
Yes. You had mentioned a BN pleco, which is why I didn't suggest corys. Didn't want to overload the bottom. But corys are ideal with dwarf cichlids, as they provide some level of activity (the rams are fairly sedate fish when they are comfortable on their own without rival males and females) without being troublesome. The warmer temp required for rams (82-84F) does limit other fish, as not all corys can tolerate this long-term. Corydoras sterbai can, and are often the recommend cory for discus and dwarf cichlids for this reason. The species that have an upper range around 80F should be fine at 82F, but cooler water species like pandas do not do well above 80F. Check out the corys in our fish profiles section. Three or four of the average-size species (around 2 inches) would be fine. A piece or two of wood gives corys more area to explore, and they love spending the day browsing surfaces.

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Awesome, thanks so much for your help!!

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Ah, just wanted to add something. If you want activity on the bottom, inverts/shrimp are a possibility. Along with the ember tetras byron mentioned, you could fit 3-4 ghost shrimp or 5 red cherry shrimp. I know a cheap place to buy RCS if you PM me. They usually breed in an aquarium, but the babies will likely just end up being food. The adults can hide though. Also, 1 CPO would work if it learns to stay away from the BN's "personal cave". Reminds me, make sure the BN has an alcove or cave- he also needs some (real, not fake) driftwood from what I hear.

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If he's keeping his water soft and acidic for the rams and other fish, I'm not sure inverts would be a good idea. Inverts don't usually do well long-term in soft, acidic water.

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