10-28-2010, 12:19 PM
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Originally Posted by Calmwaters
Thank you Byron if they get the rams at the LFS for me I will do like you say and try to pick out a pair. I will go with the Flame Tetras as I already have 3 I know I should of got more when I bought them but that was all they had but will be getting more in. Could I do a group of the flames and a group of rummy nose? If so how many of each would you do.
You could technically, but in my view I would not have rummynose in anything less than a 3-foot tank. Being such a "torpedo" shaped fish and as they do like to swim, the length is more important than it is for the disk-shaped fish like Flame Tetra. With a pair of rams, a group of 7 Flames, and some bottom fish (more on this in a moment) would be nice. Still room for hatchets for the surface interest, Carnegiella sp. which are smaller.
At warm temps many of the corys will not be happy; C. sterbai is OK at 80F. But other than these, I would go with some of the smaller but more unusual fish, perhaps A BN plec, or a group of 5 dwarf loaches unless you want to be geographic (South American). The issue with catfish in warm temps is water movement and oxygen. Rams like quiet still water, but catfish in still water at high temps have difficulty respirating. This is probably the main issue in warm tanks, finding suitable substrate fish.