01-18-2011, 07:51 PM
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Originally Posted by Byron
If you are getting Mikrogeophagus ramirezi, the temp should not be below 80F, and probably 82F would work. From what I have read and gathered from aquarists I have talked to who have had success with these fish long-term, they need this warmth or they will not last their 4 "normal" years. Kept below 80F they rarely last beyond a year, or even less.
Tankmates like cardinal tetra are ideal. Rummynose tetra is another, but not in a 20g as this fish really must have a group of 12+ and they like to swim more than cardinals for instance which do much better in a smaller space provided it is heavily planted. Some of the species in the Rosy tetra clade (the two Phantoms, Rosy Tetra, Roberts Tetra, etc) are suitable, not active swimmers and manage with the warmth. These are good companions for discus, so they will work with rams too. Just keep the tank size in mind, a 20g is getting confined for these fellows. Better choice would be the rasbora species in Trigonostigma, they like the cardinals are somewhat quiet.
Christople mentioned neon tetra, this I don't agree with; neons will burn out rapidly at such high temps and they should never be above 77 or maybe 78F, not higher, and do much better around 75F.
I would not put 6 rams in a 20g, unless they are all females or with just one male. I understand it would be a temporary measure.
Yes those are the ones I am possibly getting and I also do not agree with the neon suggestion as I have had these guys for years and know what they like. ; ) I will check into the cardinal tetras as they are pretty easy to find here and I will also check into the rasbora species you mentioned. The tank will of course have lots of plants. I would only have the 6 in the 20 for a week or so just long enough to see who is paired with who then it will just be the single pair the rest will go to the LFS for a store credit.
I looked up the fish you mentioned and I really like both the cardinal tetra and the rosy tetra would it be ok to get maybe a group of 6 of each of these? Or should I stick with just one of them?
Last edited by Calmwaters; 01-18-2011 at 07:59 PM..