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Old 10-16-2010, 09:41 PM   #11
 
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Oh ok I was worried there for a minute. LOL
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Old 10-16-2010, 09:42 PM   #12
 
The tank will be stocked over a time of about a month so I'm not to worried, I have a few different cycle QT tanks ready for fish just incase I get more then I was planning. I might consider a different "centerpiece" for the tank instead of the rams but I was really looking forward to them. I have kept them with the tetras before and they were more then happy. (had to give them away when I moved, as far as I know they are still alive and kicking.
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Old 10-16-2010, 09:51 PM   #13
 
Did a little more research, if I keep my tank at these parameters (see below) it should satisfy the needs of all of the species I have listed.
Recommended temperature range: 78.8 - 80.6 F.
Recommended pH range: 5.5 - 7.
Recommended hardness range: 5 - 12 dH.
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Old 10-16-2010, 09:52 PM   #14
 
Also it is a 30 gallon breeder so it ends up being closer to the 35 gallon mark
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Old 10-16-2010, 10:27 PM   #15
 
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I will definitly take your suggestions into consideration, for the overstocking i use aqadvisor it is wonderful and is very effective at telling stocking levels. I also am using a filter with 600gph and do weekly 40-50% water changes on all of my tanks so it shouldn't be to much more work. This tank will also end up being heavily planted once all of the plants grow in. I will look into the compatibility of the fish again i thought they were all good at a happy medium of 75-77

If you have other tanks that are Cycled, then you could borrow filter material from one of those tanks and place it in the filter of the thirty gallon and this would allow you to stock four or five small fish such as the tetra's with a week in between new addition of another four or five.
Otherwise your tank will need four to six weeks to cycle.
If your pH is much below 6.5 the tank could take even longer to cycle for the needed bacteria is very slow at developing at pH levels under 7.0
Adjusting the pH with chemicals or powder's is not a good idea unless you have a knowledge of how these chemicals /powders work. Depending on what your p/H and hardness is from the tap or water you will be using for water changes is ,the effects of altering the pH could cause significant shifts in the water chemisrty that will be strressful for the fish perhaps..fatal.
If your water is naturally soft and acidic with no adjustments necessary, then it should suit the fishes you listed.
Agree with others,the temp for German Blue rams to thrive(80 to 84 degrees F) in would not suit the tetra's in the long term.
If it is the Bolivian Ram,, they are a bit more forgiving and would do well with the cooler temps that the tetra's prefer.
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Old 10-17-2010, 08:38 AM   #16
 
Ya I have other cycled tanks, ones that aren't even in use, I will pull some of the filter media out of them thanks 1077
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Old 10-17-2010, 09:16 AM   #17
 
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Ya I have other cycled tanks, ones that aren't even in use, I will pull some of the filter media out of them thanks 1077
If a tank is not in use chances are it is also not cycled no more.
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Old 10-17-2010, 05:53 PM   #18
 
they had snails and plants in most of them and seeme okay with my tests. Either way I just managed to get some of the lemon tetras my pet shop had them on sale for 3 for 1.99 so of course i had to get them i couldn't pass up such a good deal
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Old 10-17-2010, 06:31 PM   #19
 
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Wow that was a great deal! Can't wait to see them swimming in the tank. If you had snails and plants your tanks are fine.
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Old 10-17-2010, 07:24 PM   #20
 
figured as much, they currently are now living with my girlfriends platys and one of her female bettas
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