12-17-2011, 10:03 AM
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Originally Posted by krish
hey byron, was browsing the TFK fish profiles, and thought rams were really
cool. They were also pretty small. Do you think I could put them in my tank? It said it was difficult though, and I'm a newbie..
Assuming you mean the common ram, Mikrogeophagus ramirezi, I find this is not an easy fish. They cannot tolerate unstable water, in either parameters or conditions. It also needs a high temperature and many "tropicals" cannot last with that. "Tropical" covers a lot of fish with quite differing requirements in temperature.
Before suggesting other fish, I would want to pin down your water parameters more. A pH around 7 suggests it could go lower depending upon the hardness, and hard water fish would find this difficult (livebearers for example, since platy are mentioned). What is the GH (general hardness) and KH (Alkalinity or bicarbonate hardness) of your tap water? You can find this out from your water supply people. The pH is tied to hardness.