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post #1 of 4 Old 09-10-2011, 09:25 PM Thread Starter
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20 gallon rams?

Hey everyone, I set a 20 gallon long up about three weeks ago and now have 2 corys in it, I am getting 2 - 4 more soon. So with that, I want to get some German ram cichlids. How many could I get? And then could I get anything else with them??
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Hey everyone, I set a 20 gallon long up about three weeks ago and now have 2 corys in it, I am getting 2 - 4 more soon. So with that, I want to get some German ram cichlids. How many could I get? And then could I get anything else with them??
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Sterbai corydoras are only cory's that would appreciate the 80 to 84 degree's F temp that the rams you speak of enjoy(need).
Most other corydoras species would find these temps much too warm, and simply burn out within a few week's /month's.
Soft acidic water would suit both species.

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Sterbai corydoras are only cory's that would appreciate the 80 to 84 degree's F temp that the rams you speak of enjoy(need).
Most other corydoras species would find these temps much too warm, and simply burn out within a few week's /month's.
Soft acidic water would suit both species.
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In that case, yes. I would only get a pair though. A 20g long is not sufficient space for two males. This species does well in pairs, in a well-planted tank, with some bogwood and a fine gravel or sand substrate.

Dither fish are recommended to keep the rams "comfy." They are more settled with other fish around/above them.

Upper fish can include peaceful small shoaling fish from the characins (tetra, pencilfish, hatchetfish) or rasbora (the Trigonostigma species are fine, the Boraras might be a bit small and tempting). A group of 7-9 of whichever species. Some of the tetra species will not be suitable, but many are. Keep in mind the high temp needs of the rams, as some of the species cannot manage that warm. Most available species are in our fish profiles, second tab from the left in the blue bar across the top.

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Something we all need to remember: The fish you've acquired was quite happy not being owned by you, minding its own business. If you’re going to take it under your wing then you’re responsible for it. Every aspect of its life is under your control, from water quality and temperature to swimming space. [Nathan Hill in PFK]
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