06-09-2011, 01:29 AM
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Originally Posted by Freddiesbuns
I've just got a new 50 gallons tank to switch my old 33g with. I don't plant to change my existing population, just complete it a bit, but I'm not sure about the stocking with my new filter. My current population is 10 emperor tetras, 6 cories melanistius and 1 old bolivian ram who can't tolerate any other rams (seriously. I bought him 6 females. All died.)
I plan to add a male and female Apistogramma Agassizii flame red and 2 more emperor tetras. I would also love to introduce algae eaters, either 6 otos or some ancistrus. I would prefer the ancistrus honestly but I was told they are complete poop machines and I'm not sure my filtration would be enough to block the barrage of poo
In your experience would that be do-able or should I stick with the otos? Also would I still be able to add 2 cories with that population or is it too much?
If your ram would not tolerate the other rams you introduced , could be he/she won't take to the apisto's but with a bit more room in the 50 gal as opposed to the 33 gal (too small for more than one ram) perhaps they will all have enough space assuming you provide areas for them to feel secure
Unless you have lot's of algae which you shouldn't in such a new tank,, I would not recommend the otocinclus.Algae is their primary food and they do poorly in newly established tanks in my expieriences with them.
A Bristlenose should be fine for your tank. They are not so dependent on algae and will eat anything they can find.I would however include some driftwood and offer the bristlenose vegetable matter twice a week or more in the form of zucchinni,cucumber,romain lettuce,sweet red pepper,melon, and or algae wafer's.