11-04-2010, 01:08 PM
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Originally Posted by LuckyFish1988
Alright so now I got all the Danio's and Tetra's out of the tank...I'm down to the two rams (1 Golden, 1 Blue), 10 ghost shrimp, 6 Khuli Loaches. Im not sure if there is a difference between a Blue Ram and German Blue Ram but my regular Blue isnt very blue at all lol but i'm thinking maybe the white gravel is flooding his color out. Im researching to see how many Ram's I can put together because the golden ram I have looks amazing up close. I'm also researching what other colorful sporty fish I can add. I was looking into maybe some sort of snail. Kind of lost lol
This is a 4-foot 55g tank, so you have room for more rams. There is only one "species," it is Mikrogeophagus ramirezi, you can see info on it by clicking on the shaded name which will take you to the profile on this site [profiles are under the second tab from the left in the blue bar across the top of the screen]. There are several artificial colour morphs, but the fish is still the same "fish" in terms of behaviours, requirements, etc.
Males are territorial and will stake out their territory in the tank. Arranging wood and plants to provide small areas is advantageous; the fish need to have "privacy" so they cannot see the others when they are in their territory, so to speak. A pair will bond and the male will defend the female from other males (and often any other fish, esp at spawning), and spawning will occur easily with healthy fish. I would not have more than 3 males in a 55g, and they should have females, so a pair, or two pairs, or three pairs total.
You will need "dither" fish above, to help them overcome their natural insecurity. Medium sized tetra, rasbora, hatchetfish will work. Nothing too active, as this unsettles these cichlids which are relatively sedate fish.