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post #11 of 13 Old 12-16-2011, 10:12 PM Thread Starter
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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..

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post #12 of 13 Old 12-17-2011, 10:03 AM
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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.

Byron Hosking, BMus, MA
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The aquarist is one who must learn the ways of the biologist, the chemist, and the veterinarian. [unknown source]

Something we all need to remember: The fish you've acquired was quite happy not being owned by you, minding its own business. If you’re going to take it under your wing then you’re responsible for it. Every aspect of its life is under your control, from water quality and temperature to swimming space. [Nathan Hill in PFK]
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ok ill go and check sometime this week. thanks!

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