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It'sJames 11-14-2007 10:18 PM

New to cichlids....
 
I'm new to cichlids, so I have a couple questions on housing them. Any advice is appreciated! So here's what I'm wondering...
1. Can a pair of dwarf cichlids (I was thinking Rams, but I'm open to suggestions) fit comfortably in a 10 gallon? I've read several opinions, so I'm not sure if it would work or not.
2. How do they do in a moderatly - heavily planted tank? Will they uproot anything? If this would work out, I could use my 28gal. How many would fit?
3. The last option would be a 20 gallon... Would 2 pairs (one blue ram pair and one gold ram pair) be ok in that size tank? If I go with the 20 gallon, I'd like to move my platys in also. Would this work?

Any suggestions as to what else will work would be great!! thanks.

herefishy 11-14-2007 10:20 PM

My choice would be the 28g planted. They will feel very at ease in a plnted tank.

Lupin 11-14-2007 11:03 PM

Re: New to cichlids....
 
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Originally Posted by It'sJames
I'm new to cichlids, so I have a couple questions on housing them. Any advice is appreciated! So here's what I'm wondering...
1. Can a pair of dwarf cichlids (I was thinking Rams, but I'm open to suggestions) fit comfortably in a 10 gallon? I've read several opinions, so I'm not sure if it would work or not.

Welcome to Fishforum.com.:wave:

A pair can work provided the tank is heavily planted but this is best accomplished in a larger tank anyway. Furthermore, rams are not often forgiving of the extremes in water conditions. A small tank is quite vulnerable to this.

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2. How do they do in a moderatly - heavily planted tank? Will they uproot anything? If this would work out, I could use my 28gal. How many would fit?
Rams and apistogrammas do not uproot plants. A 28 is fine. A sex ratio of one male and two females will work although two pairs will also work if the tank itself is longer instead of taller.
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3. The last option would be a 20 gallon... Would 2 pairs (one blue ram pair and one gold ram pair) be ok in that size tank? If I go with the 20 gallon, I'd like to move my platys in also. Would this work?
The whole plan is fine provided the tank is decorated heavily in order for the rams to establish territories without trying to overtake the other.


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