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post #1 of 4 Old 06-25-2013, 10:51 PM Thread Starter
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60 gallon tank

Hey everyone! I think I made my final decision on what my 60 gallon tank is going to be. I would appreciate it if anyone could tell me if there seems to be any concerns. The tank is going to be lightly planted and have sand as the substrate. i will use root tabs and aquarium liquid fertilizer to help them grow. The inside will have a large piece of driftwood for hiding spots and lots of medium sized rocks. The fish will be 5 angelfish, 4 bolivian rams, and 6 cory catfish! If anyone has suggestions or warnings, please tell me!
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post #2 of 4 Old 06-26-2013, 06:47 AM
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The rams and corys have very different temperature requirements. Rams do best in the low 80s and corys in the mid 70s.

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post #3 of 4 Old 06-30-2013, 11:34 AM
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Fishmonger is correct on the temp for common rams, so I think he missed that these are Bolivian. Temperature for angelfish (commercial bought, not wild), Bolivian Ram and corys will be fine around 77F.

But I do think four Bolivian Ram is problematic. I believe I mentioned this elsewhere. This species is best either singly (one fish in the tank) or in a bonded pair.

I would increase the corys, as you have space; six is fine, but it is always better with more when space permits as it does here. You can mix species, so long as you have a few of each. In this case here, I would have 9-12.


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post #4 of 4 Old 06-30-2013, 08:25 PM
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Up the Cory count, as Byron says, 9-12 is a good number. Just watch the temperature for the corys as some like lower temperatures yet. I would suggest the Pepper Cory as I believe that they are amoung the highest temperature tolerant corys. I went with emerald catfish that are warmer watered then even those guys but I have some peppers and like them better, more active generally speaking.

I'm not familiar with angels and rams so I will leave commenting on those to others.


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