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post #1 of 24 Old 11-23-2006, 12:07 AM Thread Starter
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Rams + Discus

Hi, I am going to be getting discus in maybe a month or two, I am wondering if in the meantime I can get some rams (gold, bolivian, blue). Since they are peacful and of the cichlid family, they should be OK with the discus, right? Also, how hard are rams to care for?

90gal: 2x Tangerine Discus, 2x Clown Pleco, 2x Catfish.
75gal + 10gal sump: 2x Large Goldfish, 1x Common Pleco, 14x Leopard Danios
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post #2 of 24 Old 11-23-2006, 12:11 AM
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Both species, Microgeophagus ramirezi and Microgeophagus altispinosa are compatible with discus.

The former is harder to keep than the latter. I prefer the former. They have graces and smaller than the latter. I have 5 of them. Hard as nails in my case. Others will only complain how hard they are.

I have both rams in my tank together with discus and angelfish.:)

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Thanks blue, would it be OK to add them now or should I also wait like 3 mos like I am with the discus?

90gal: 2x Tangerine Discus, 2x Clown Pleco, 2x Catfish.
75gal + 10gal sump: 2x Large Goldfish, 1x Common Pleco, 14x Leopard Danios
55gal: 5x Angelfish, 1x Common Pleco, 8x SIlver Tip Tetras, 16x Neon Tetras, 8x Albino Corys
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Thanks blue, would it be OK to add them now or should I also wait like 3 mos like I am with the discus?
I would add them together with the discus. The bolivians are fine in a tank as early as 2 months. They are quite hardy anyway and I've never had problems with the bolivians. I do have problems with blue rams but not as much as some sensitive tetras like the rummy-nose tetras and neons.

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Ok, any reason why I should add them at the same time? I am planning on getting like 8 discus all at once and throwing them in the tank. I already have some danios in there (sorry, i will leave them in with the discus, i love them). I wouldn't be able to quarnatine 8 discus anyway, right?

90gal: 2x Tangerine Discus, 2x Clown Pleco, 2x Catfish.
75gal + 10gal sump: 2x Large Goldfish, 1x Common Pleco, 14x Leopard Danios
55gal: 5x Angelfish, 1x Common Pleco, 8x SIlver Tip Tetras, 16x Neon Tetras, 8x Albino Corys
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Also, do the bolivian rams really get this bright & beautiful?


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75gal + 10gal sump: 2x Large Goldfish, 1x Common Pleco, 14x Leopard Danios
55gal: 5x Angelfish, 1x Common Pleco, 8x SIlver Tip Tetras, 16x Neon Tetras, 8x Albino Corys
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Ok, any reason why I should add them at the same time? I am planning on getting like 8 discus all at once and throwing them in the tank. I already have some danios in there (sorry, i will leave them in with the discus, i love them). I wouldn't be able to quarnatine 8 discus anyway, right?
Blue rams are just more sensitive than the discus. At least, in my experience.:) Hence I advise you to add them at a later date.

Depending on the stocking of your lfs, it may depend if they can be quite colorful or not. Mine is not really colorful but still fun to watch.

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Cool so I think I will get some bolivian's. I assume the color only comes out once they are full grown? I will see what my lfs says, I know he can get them but I'll see what he thinks.

90gal: 2x Tangerine Discus, 2x Clown Pleco, 2x Catfish.
75gal + 10gal sump: 2x Large Goldfish, 1x Common Pleco, 14x Leopard Danios
55gal: 5x Angelfish, 1x Common Pleco, 8x SIlver Tip Tetras, 16x Neon Tetras, 8x Albino Corys
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Cool so I think I will get some bolivian's. I assume the color only comes out once they are full grown? I will see what my lfs says, I know he can get them but I'll see what he thinks.
Even juveniles will have colors showing up but not as much as adults do.:)

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post #10 of 24 Old 11-23-2006, 02:00 PM
just wanted to throw this thread into turmoil if i may, have you ever considered apistogramma? the more common species are alot hardier than rams ad easier to breed and IMO much more beautiful. heres some that i have kept and bred







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