09-03-2010, 01:41 AM
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Originally Posted by SinCrisis
I was wonder if it was possible to add a Blue Ram Cichlid to my tank. I have 6 golden pristella tetras, 3 black skirts, 1 red-eye tetra and 3 otos in a 46 gallon tank? I have live plants, one big amazon sword and a bunch of chain sword plants at the bottom, only the amazon sword reaches the middle of the tank, everything else is very low to the gravel. The water is soft, very soft to the point where my MTS are unable to grow long shells. The water, according to my kid, reads 7.8 but i think thats inaccurate since my water has many pieces of driftwood and should be closer to neutral from the amount of tannins? I was also told that soft water should have lower ph.
Can i successfully keep a blue ram chiclid in this tank? I was hoping to get 2 and maybe 3 or 4 if u can identify 2 females. The man at Petco (yes i know most are uneducated) says i can't do it if i have water with that high a PH and that my red-eye tetra will get harassed and probably die from stress. Im also worried about my otos getting harassed since there are only 3 and they are very very small, only about 1.5cm each.
All of the fish you currently have ,will fair much better in groups of six to eight of each species.
If your ph from the tap is much higher than 7.2 , the majority of the German blue rams will fair poorly.
The Bolivian ram would be a better choice.
The higher pH numbers usually are associated with Hard alkaline waters which the German blue ram and or gold varieties do poorly in over the long haul.
They are a rather short lived species with life expectancy of 3 to 4 years in ideal soft water conditions.
More info on these fish can be found in fish Profile section here on the forum.