02-26-2010, 11:46 AM
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I agree with more Corydoras. And if you like the panda (I assume you do), more C. panda would be ideal, as this is one species that in my experience really likes to shoal around together. Some species will shoal with other species, but these seem to prefer their own kind, and 7 or 8 would be good for them and you, they are quite entertaining.
As for the Bolivian Ram, Mikrogeophagus altispinosus, this is one dwarf cichlid that does very well individually. It is believed to live in solitude apart from breeding, which means each fish on its own, not together in groups. This observation has been made in its natural habitat in the Rio Mamore basin in eastern Bolivia. I have one beautiful male that is doing very well in my 115g., and I have previously kept single fish. Males are territorial, and provided they have enough space for separate territories (arrangements of wood and plants provide this) they would be OK, just pushing each other from time to time; a pair (male and female) would be better, though it is difficult to discern sexes in young fish; as they mature, the caudal fin extensions become elongated on males quite noticeably compared to females.
My recommendation, given your existing setup, would be one Ram and a few more corys.