11-17-2012, 05:50 PM
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Originally Posted by Tyler burkett
so i can go with the pair of rams,my clown pleco,5 dwarf loaches,and a school of tetra.what tetra would do good with them.i found all of the water parameters for all the fish and there is almost no room to go up in down with pH,temp,and hardness.so i need a tetra that can fit this small range of water parameters.if need be i can do without the loaches.but if i can replace them with something smaller that would be even better.
First, the blue ram is not an easy fish. And if you want a pair, make sure you observe the fish in the store tank and then choose an obvious bonded pair. This fish will not accept just any mate, and in the confines of a 20g that will mean a dead fish in no time if they have not bonded. Also, they need warmth, 82F, or absolutely no less than 80F. Not all shoaling fish can manage in this, but several can. Another water parameter issue is the GH and pH. If the rams are commercially-raised, as they will be unless you get them from a direct importer, they need to stay in water very close to that in which they were raised. This beautiful fish has a 4+ year life span, but sadly it seldom lasts half this long solely due to all of the fore-going.
There are a few cory species that do fine in warm water, and one is Corydoras sterbai [click the name for the profile with photos]. Another is Corydoras leucomelas. These might be better than the dwarf loach. Same issue with eating eggs/fry of the ram though, just so you know.
Tetra. Cardinal Tetra and Green Neon Tetra manage in warmer water, but it must be soft and slightly acidic. Check through the profiles, there may be others I can't think of off the top of my head.