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My stocking plan...what do you think?
Old 01-02-2007, 07:52 PM   #1
 
My stocking plan...what do you think?

tank = 29gal

will start with 8 danios and 6 corys

will then add a school/shoal (6) of one of the following:
cardinal tetras
rummynose tetras
penquin tetras
cherry barbs

and then maybe add one or two of the following:
german blue ram
german gold ram
bolivian ram
clown killifish
golden lyretail panchax killifish
patrizi killifish

what do you think? any ideas/suggestions/things i should know? i have heard that killifish are hard to find and kind of expensive (for my budget) but am keeping them on my list just incase ;)
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Old 01-02-2007, 08:10 PM   #2
 
seems alright but you should get your danios first, then get cories, not at the same time.
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Old 01-02-2007, 08:20 PM   #3
 
i already have the 8 danios in a smaller tank...they are getting up graded to the bigger tank...i also already have 2 corys....

so i am going to put the 8 danios and 2 corys in.....then later add 4 more corys....then add the other school.....then add the other one or two fish.
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Old 01-03-2007, 11:33 PM   #4
 
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I'd move the danios first, let the tank cycle, then move the corys. Corys don't cycle well and because food has to reach the bottom for them to find it, chances are the waste levels could get quite high during cycling, making it harder for all of the fish to survive it. If the corys already have a tank, keep them in it for an extra wk or 2, watch your water params, and then move them when its safe.
In a 29 gallon, water params can fluctuate quickly... the more fish you start with, the faster that will happen and the higer the spikes will be.
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Old 01-05-2007, 12:02 AM   #5
 
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Re: My stocking plan...what do you think?

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and then maybe add one or two of the following:
german blue ram
german gold ram

bolivian ram
clown killifish
golden lyretail panchax killifish
patrizi killifish

what do you think? any ideas/suggestions/things i should know? i have heard that killifish are hard to find and kind of expensive (for my budget) but am keeping them on my list just incase ;)
Both rams(in bold font) are the same species: Microgeophagus ramirezi.:) It doesn't matter which one you get although I would add that you should not get the balloon variants which are actually deformed specimens unknown to those who have not realize there are actually foru variants: gold, blue(original strain), balloon and veiltail(often referred to as 'angel rams').
IMO, I'd avoid the balloon variants as they are rather deformed as mentioned previously.

Blue rams are quite picky about water conditions so I'll recommend bolivian rams for starters unless your tank has reached six months of maturity wherein the water conditions become stable without anything that will cause mini-cycles, etc due to interferences.

Bolivians(Microgeophagus altispinosa) get bigger though and are less colorful but you can see some blue rams even far less colorful due to inbreeding and poor tank maintenance. If you want colorful rams, F1 rams are your best options but you have to maintain the water quality in order to avoid any problems.

I have heard of people complaining that their rams died to no apparent reasons which I believe is caused by lack of proper tank maintenance or water parameters going wrong.

Good luck.:)
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Old 01-05-2007, 12:20 AM   #6
 
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A lot of the common problem with the blue rams is pH differences. It's almost impossible to find out what they're raised in these days when dealing with a LFS. If they're raised with a higher pH, the lower pH that wild speices need will kill the captive bred, and vice versa... if dealing with something coming from a lower pH and they're introduced into higher pH, they don't stand much of a chance. Our store found this out when we had a few shipments come in and go down for no reason at all. Finally I suggested splitting them, some into soft water and some into standard tap water tanks. What we found out is that they survived in the standard tap water tanks and died in the soft water... that shipment. The boss called the wholesaler who told him that some are raised in tap, some in softer. From that point on, every shimpment had to be split because we never knew what they were sending us.

I want to add, the way I discovered this was that early on, when we were losing them within 48 hrs, I took a few home before they ever hit the store tanks... right from the wholesaler to my tank... mine went into standard tap water, and survived.... all of the fish at the store were put into soft water, and all died by the next night. Mine lived almost 10 yrs, and were bright and colorful from the start. (My ex put a fish into the tank and it ate them while I was at work one night) Those were some of my favorite fish. I still have one, he shares his tank with goldfish, of all things. He was missed when I moved the other fish, and I didn't see him until almost a month later, but he's been thriving in there, with 2 large fancy goldfish for almost a year now. The goldfish will be going to their new home soon, so he'll get his tank back. All I use in that tank is standard tap water with a pH of about 7.8
I won't suggest others keep rams with goldfish, most rams are way to aggressive for that... and they prefer heated water. What I am suggesting is finding out what pH they are thriving in BEFORE buying them, and make sure your tank can allow for that.
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