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Old 05-27-2008, 07:18 PM   #11
 
Ya... I've never kept rams. I know that 8.2 is high for the cards also, but they're doing just fine. Funny thing is, I've got really soft water...
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Old 05-27-2008, 07:30 PM   #12
 
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+1 on the setup with the rasboras, cardinals, clown pleco and rams. I have a clown pleco that does an amazing job of algae cleanup despite the fact that he chews on driftwood, algae wafers and zucchini all day. The rams look terrific as well. I'm thinking about getting a single ram to replace the kribensis pair in my 20g that are getting moved to a larger tank.
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Old 05-28-2008, 09:56 AM   #13
 
Ok thanks for the input....So i'm not going to get a common pleco... but what does a clown pleco look like, i would like a picture!
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Old 05-28-2008, 11:02 AM   #14
 
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Ok thanks for the input....So i'm not going to get a common pleco... but what does a clown pleco look like, i would like a picture!

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Old 05-28-2008, 07:50 PM   #15
 
Ok so i think i have it. I will have...
8-12 Cardinal Tetras
8-12 Rasbora Hets
6-8 Lemon Tetras
2 Ram Cichlids
1 clown pleco
And can i also have the parameters that would be good for all of these fish. That would be really helpful!
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Old 05-28-2008, 09:44 PM   #16
 
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Ph is a factor but it isn't be be all and end all. 8.2 really is high for rams, but it's unusual for tap water to come out that high.

All your fish naturally come from areas where the water is quite soft. I would say anything between 5.5 - 7.5 would be tolerable for these fish. As long as you are within a tolerable range then your fish will adapt if properly acclimated. It is the jump or drop in ph from the lfs water that would be stressful.

To do this you can drip acclimate them, or you can simply keep adding small amounts of your tank water to the bag when you bring them home at 10 minute intervals or so until there is half of the lfs water and half of your water in the bag. By this time they should have adapted well enough to go into your tank without issues.
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Old 05-29-2008, 10:13 AM   #17
 
Thanks for all your help everyone. You are very helpful!
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