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post #1 of 3 Old 05-28-2011, 08:01 PM Thread Starter
Question Blue Ram compatability

I keep my 29g's temp at about 80F as it is, and have been wanting a blue ram for some time now. Now that I know my water is soft enough and acidic enough for one I would like to venture into getting one.

First and foremost I dont want any of my current fish to be in danger by me adding a ram, so I wanted some thoughts on the behavioral side of mixing a blue ram with my current stock. A little tank switching will be happening so I will type the stock of what it would be when/if a blue ram is added:

1 female opaline gourami (a good 3.5" at the moment)
9 cherry barbs (one is albino) (mostly females, appears to be at least 3 males though)
8 cories: 1 habrosus, 1 julii, 2 emerald greens, and 4 albinos (emeralds are not yet fully grown, half way there though)
1 female mystery snail (large)
2 otos
5+ Malaysian Trumpet Snails (depends if my LFS has enough or if I have to order them online)

I dont think there will be an issue with the gourami, the snails, the otos, and probably not even the cherry barbs... I feel the most worry for my beloved cories.

Anyone kept Blue Rams with these fish species before??? (I would be adding just one, and hopefully a female.)

Looking for imput on personality compatability, not water compatability (as I am working on that at the moment).

Thanks in advance for any help!

*They call me, Amanda*
Tank 1: (29 gal planted) empty
Tank 2: (15 gal) empty
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post #2 of 3 Old 05-29-2011, 12:51 PM
GBR are really quite peaceful fish. I've never had a single one bother any other fish. Apart from when they are guarding eggs, even then its just chasing away the fish that get to close. I have a lot of MTS if you need any.

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post #3 of 3 Old 05-29-2011, 12:55 PM
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No problems there. But when they spawn...

I had a pair of Mikrogeophagus ramirezi in a 90g community tank and it had about 30 corys of several different species as well as upper characin groups. No real issues, the ram is a cichlid and now and then might nudge at another fish, and being a bottom feeder the corys are frequent targets, but this normally doesn't lead to trouble as the cory just swims away and usually comes right back.

When the rams spawned, as a pair will undoubtedly do in a good environment, the corys discovered the shoal of fry and in spite of the female's protective attacks, gobbled the whole shoal up within seconds.

I've had identical occurrences with my Bolivian Rams in my 115g.


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