RAMS and angelfish
Would this be overstocked for a 60 gallon tank? Also are these compatible: 5 angelfish and 3 german blue rams. Will they possibly outgrow the tank?
Could work in my view, but I believe the Angelfish would be happier at 76 to 78 degree's F as opposed to the 82 to 86 degree's F that the Ram's favor.
I should think the 5 Angelfish would be fine in 60 gal for their lifetime.
Have kept angelfish at 82 degree's F ,but they seemed more comfortable at cooler temp.IMHO.
Agree, on both issues.
Temperature should be mid-range for most all fish ["range" here being what is given in our profile for the species]. The upper and lower extremes are what the fish can usually tolerate, but should not be subjected to long-term. The reason is that the higher the temperature, the harder the fish has to work just to exist. This wears the fish down, uses a lot of energy, and this can lead to weakening of the immune system, poorer health, increased disease issues, and a shorter life.
With angelfish, the wild caught fish must, like discus, have warmth, and 80-82F is minimum. But the angelfish you buy in stores will almost certainly be tank-raised and these do not need such warmth; they are fine at "normal" tropical community tank temperatures areound 77-78F.
So, I would for this reason not add the common ram, Mikrogeophagus ramirezi. Its cousin, M. altispinosus (Bolivian Ram) wouldf be a better choice. The angelfish will be healthier at this temperature.
Thanks for the tips! I think I will go with 5 angelfish and 3 bolivian rams with some cory catfish!
Angels have a wider latitude of temperature range than your profile here would suggest. You can keep them from the low 70's F well into the low 90's F. Yes, this will affect metabolism, for better or for worse, depending on what your goals are. 82F-86F will do no harm to angels, wild caught or domestic tank bred.
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