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Cichlids suitable for a 30 gallon?
Old 05-02-2012, 10:41 AM   #21
 
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You seem to have decided on only one cichlid spsecies which is wise. A 30g (presumably 30 inches in length) is not sufficient space for more than one species of cichlid.

One Keyhole (tough you may have decided no on this species?) with dither fish, or one Bolivian Ram with dither fish, or a pair of blue ram with dither fish; any one of these will work in a planted 30g. And dither fish means other fish like characins, that match the water parameters (including temperature) for the cichlid selected.

If you do get a pair of ram, understand that this fish must select its own mate, what we term a bonded pair. In the store tank it is easy to see bonded pairs. If the male/female have not bonded, they may or may not tolerate each other long-term. I have had a male kill the female even after spawning a couple of times, because I put them together rather than they having selected each other.

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Old 05-02-2012, 06:30 PM   #22
 
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If you do get a pair of ram, understand that this fish must select its own mate, what we term a bonded pair. In the store tank it is easy to see bonded pairs. If the male/female have not bonded, they may or may not tolerate each other long-term. I have had a male kill the female even after spawning a couple of times, because I put them together rather than they having selected each other.

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I second this. I just lost my female Blue Ram. Dead when I got home yesterday. There was nothing wrong with her, eating everything normal. This is a pair that has spawn a number of times, but I decided I really don't want to mess with breeding and weeks ago, bumped my ph up slightly. I'm wondering now, if the male didn't kill her

Because I got the female after the male, he did not pick her out. Rams are sure not easy to keep, but they are pretty!

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