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post #31 of 57 Old 02-09-2011, 11:44 AM
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If you have a moderately 'fresh' tank, I'd go with nerite snails.

What kind of algae are you having trouble with? Different species eat different algae.

Also, Im pretty sure your rasboras are harlequins.

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Hum...I'd say depends on the size of the angels. Two good size angels, and pleco and a few other wet pets sounds like it's going to be really crowded in that 20. Overcrowding causes for some considerable stress on many fish. Then again, they are coming from the LFS where they were already, most likely, in crowded conditions. Also, If you get just two angels you are running into most likely having problems with serious bickering, when they are in the big 125 tank and start maturing. The smart thing is to start off with a shoal, in a tank your size you could do at least five. Angels are much like discus, as far as only keeping two. Never good as it's not spreading out the cichlid aggression. One will always end up picking on the other, the bully stressing the heck out of the other one. If you end up with a mated pair of angels, that pair will attack the other angels, at that point you'd return the others and keep the pair. It's what I would do, if I was planning on keeping Angels.

Also, if it were me (and we know it's not) I wouldn't hesitate to QT five angels (quarter size) along with a baby pleco in a 20gl.

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Hmm...I was only orig only going to get one baby black angel.

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If you have a moderately 'fresh' tank, I'd go with nerite snails.

What kind of algae are you having trouble with? Different species eat different algae.

Also, Im pretty sure your rasboras are harlequins.
Yes! That's it! Thanks!

I don't really have that much algae at all. Just a speck or two. lol!

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2 Swordtails
6 Rasporas


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Hmm...I was only orig only going to get one baby black angel.
That's what I thought but I saw that yesterday you said "one or two" black angels.
With your size tank I think you need more than just one centerpiece fish anyway!

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Hmm...I was only orig only going to get one baby black angel.
I would caution against this. As it notes in our profile, angels are shoaling fish that live in groups, and have an interactive relationship (hierarchy) within the group. Given their size, a group of 5 (minimum) needs a 4-foot tank like a 55g minimum. While some may say they have one angel fine, the fact is the fish wants a group, and alone can be stressed which causes weakening of the immune system, further health problems, and possible aggression on tankmates--all of which can be mainly avoided by having a group.

If you want a lone fish, the Bolivian Ram is a possibility [check our profile to see why]. Or the Honey Gourami will work in a trio [again check the profile].

Click on the shaded fish name to see that species profile, or use the second tab from the left in the blue bar across the top of the page to go to the profiles section.

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Bolivian rams are great fish, I had one I bought from Wal-Mart when I was just a new fish keeper, never could figure out what it was, then I was told by my friend I had a very nice ram...

They are fun to watch they have a kinda mechanical movement.

I also LOVE gouramis.

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Ancistrus triradiatus x1
Ancistrus sp. Albino x1
Apistogramma cacautoides "Orange Flash"(Cockatoo Cichlid)x2
Corydoras paleatus (Peppered Cory Cat) x3
Hyphessobrycon eques (Red Serpae Tetra) x6
Ilyodon furcidens x3
Monodactylus sebae (Mono) x1
Pimelodus pictus (Pictus Cat) x1
Pterophyllum scalare(Angelfish) x5
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Trichogaster lalius (Dwarf Gourami) x3

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I would caution against this. As it notes in our profile, angels are shoaling fish that live in groups, and have an interactive relationship (hierarchy) within the group. Given their size, a group of 5 (minimum) needs a 4-foot tank like a 55g minimum. While some may say they have one angel fine, the fact is the fish wants a group, and alone can be stressed which causes weakening of the immune system, further health problems, and possible aggression on tankmates--all of which can be mainly avoided by having a group.

If you want a lone fish, the Bolivian Ram is a possibility [check our profile to see why]. Or the Honey Gourami will work in a trio [again check the profile].

Click on the shaded fish name to see that species profile, or use the second tab from the left in the blue bar across the top of the page to go to the profiles section.

Byron.

I actually had one discus and one angel fish for almost two years. Alone. They did great! Then I got lots more Discus but my Angel, Ms. Pringles, did great alone with the Discus:)


I also had Rams. Wanna see?

My Rams even had eggs! I had them well over two years, which is pretty long for them. I was crushed as they all died one by one of old age, I was told:( I have never seen more beautiful Rams ever then the ones I had ~ They loved their little glass jar in the tank ~ they would roll end all around!

They are $24.99 here. For ONE. I don't think so. I never paid for mine as I got 15 from my friend on Simply ~ who also gave me Discus.











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125 gallon ~ fake plants I'm a "fakie") ( thanks, Kym

3 Neon Tetras
13 Rummy Nose Tetras
2 Swordtails
6 Rasporas


QT: ( 2.20 )

4 Roseline Sharks
1 Black Mollies

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post #38 of 57 Old 02-09-2011, 05:14 PM
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You can get rams pretty cheap from Aquabid.
Blue rams are beautiful!

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55g-
Ancistrus triradiatus x1
Ancistrus sp. Albino x1
Apistogramma cacautoides "Orange Flash"(Cockatoo Cichlid)x2
Corydoras paleatus (Peppered Cory Cat) x3
Hyphessobrycon eques (Red Serpae Tetra) x6
Ilyodon furcidens x3
Monodactylus sebae (Mono) x1
Pimelodus pictus (Pictus Cat) x1
Pterophyllum scalare(Angelfish) x5
Trichogaster fasciata (Banded Gourami) x2
Trichogaster lalius (Dwarf Gourami) x3

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post #39 of 57 Old 02-09-2011, 05:42 PM Thread Starter
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That is a good price ~ I guess. LOL! Better than my lfs that's for sure. They are nice too! Thanks for the tip!

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3 Neon Tetras
13 Rummy Nose Tetras
2 Swordtails
6 Rasporas


QT: ( 2.20 )

4 Roseline Sharks
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post #40 of 57 Old 02-09-2011, 06:24 PM
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Holy cow! How many rams did you have in that tank?? Beautiful fish!

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