04-13-2010, 03:44 PM
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Originally Posted by Redcap18
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.