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post #11 of 23 Old 02-24-2014, 03:51 PM
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Some types of shell dwelling cichlids would probably do okay. Don't quote me on that though.

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post #12 of 23 Old 02-24-2014, 04:10 PM
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Fifteen gallon tank, sand substrate(a preference but not a requirement)...you could get a German Blue Ram Cichlid. The minimum requirement is 10 gallons for them, but they do like a bit more space and would prefer your 15 gallon over that if you set it up. They're about two inches and brightly colored, and all personality. Both males and females are very pretty, though I find females with their normally rose pink bellies to be prettier than the males. Roughly the same color on both genders(blue, black, silver, gold and white) aside from the pink belly which means female, and females are sometimes much lighter on the colors.
Here's a male GBR http://tropicalfishandaquariums.com/...s/RamBlue3.jpg

There's a couple females in here to give you an idea. There's a couple ways to tell them apart, but the red belly is the easiest one: http://i1031.photobucket.com/albums/...inkbellies.jpg



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I have thought of the rams but I have heard they are finicky and I have only been hardcore fish keeping for 2 years...How big do shell dwellers get? I am actually open to a gourami if you have any suggestions....Im so sorry I have changed the subject completely away from live bearers :(
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I don't personally know about shell dwelling cichlids.

As for GBR's being finicky? They certainly can be. lol I forgot about that, sorry! I had a pair of them in my 55 gallon, the female ended up dying before spawning and the male got lovebird sickness and followed. As for care, like with most it's all about stable parameters where they need them to be. They can be...well, stubborn about some things, and they will mess up plants sometimes. Move things around...woke up one morning with a dozen of my plants uprooted, but fine. >>; All in all, if you don't think you're ready for them, probably better that you don't.

For gouramis? I used to have a neon blue dwarf gourami named Capone. They're lovely too and fairly easy to care for, also have fun personalities usually. If you want to go for a gourami I suggest either a dwarf or a honey(not to be confused with the golds who are just color morphs of the three-spot gourami and get waaay too big). The dwarfs come in a few color varieties, neon blue, powder blue, red flames, and I think there are a few more but I can't recall. This is my neon blue dwarf, Capone, who I was ecstatic about winning photo of the month with this shot: http://www.tropicalfishkeeping.com/c...-40588-800.jpg



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None of these fish mentioned are noticeably bigger than a betta though
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Big fish tend to need more room.
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post #17 of 23 Old 02-24-2014, 05:26 PM Thread Starter
Nothing bigger can go in a 29 gallon or less?
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post #18 of 23 Old 02-24-2014, 08:53 PM Thread Starter
What about a three spot gourami. Would a make get lonely by himself?

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29G - 1 orange fantail goldfish "Goldeen"
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post #19 of 23 Old 02-24-2014, 09:20 PM
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A 3 spot would do fine by itself in a 29.
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125 - BGK, chanchito cichlid, pictus cats, silver dollars, palmas bichir
125 - cichlids (severums, bolivian rams, chocolate), rainbows ( turquoise, red), loaches (angelicus, zebra, kuhli and horseface), plecos (BN, RL and clown), denison barbs, tiretrack eel, pearl gouramis, betta
90 - Congo tetras, african knife, upside down cats, spotted ctenopoma, kribensis, delhezzi bichir
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post #20 of 23 Old 02-25-2014, 12:54 AM Thread Starter
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A 3 spot would do fine by itself in a 29.
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