Which rams better

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  1. Lee

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    Hi so I now have other tank a 2 ft one I think or getting either a german rams or bolivian ram still haven't decided yet, Ive heard bolivian ran are more tolerance with water change or maybe a dwarf cichlids. Still have decided one and a half here doesn't seem to be a list of dwarf cichlids to give me an Idear on what to go with.
     
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    Bolivian Rams are known to be a bit hardier. Maybe start with those, and once you get the feel of keeping them, move on to more difficult fish.
     
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    Agree with @Reedfish - Bolivians a safer bet, but if its a new setup (small tank so be sure not to overstock it), the last fish to add would be 1 or 2 rams. Let it run a while first, I'd say.

    Both ram types have great character, if slightly different in nature.
     
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    The tank was cycled a while back I've had a red african jewels in there for a while I got it from a friend it passed away from old age. Sounds like they are the better one can I house them with other small fish tetra or something similar and bristlenose which I had to removed from the tank, cause the jewels kept attacking it.
     
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    I'm getting my bolivian ram tomorrow, any suggestions on what are good tank mates for them?
    Also does anyone know what size cichlid stone would be best for the rams
     
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    Maybe some dither fish - smaller tetras.

    Cichlid stone?
    When I kept Kribs, I used to have a upside-down coconut shell with a small "door"
    They always bred in there.
     
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    I could maybe school of 6 or more tetras. I was going to put one of my bristlenose in there but have second thoughts on that on, maybe a small school corys. I was also considering guppies but not sure about them.
    That a brilliant idea with the coconut I try that to right I small plants pots for now.
     
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    If its a small tank, try not to add too many fish. Less is definitely more with rams. They like warm temperatures so I would choose fish that can take that and are peaceful.
     
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    so would it be okay with the following
    6 or 12 neon tetra
    maybe 4 albino cory
    and skip the guppies
     
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    I'd keep the tank at 26.5°C if you want neons - more than that not ideal. Ember tetras are tiny and quite a nice option if you want more than 10 school fish (I'd still not do more than say 12). Here are some: https://www.practicalfishkeeping.co.uk/features/articles/12-great-community-tank-tetras

    Corys should be good although I have not kept them myself. Best to take your time and do some Googling - I know its not easy to be patient haha.

    Good luck.
     
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    Thank I will look it up now, I have a few cory in my larger tank and there great bottom feeders
    I've a lot of Google I actually sick of Google most people seem to keep them with guppies, not sure about never had them.
     
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    Could
    Serpae tetra work?
     
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    Hi. I would say this tetras will work. Remember, they sometimes do nip fins.
     
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    For that size tank I'd recommend ember tetras, they stay small and colour up nicely. Or cherry barbs, more peaceful than other barbs and they stay small and colour up nicely as well.
     
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    never thought or barbs
     
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    I found one that compatible
    Odessa Barb how many should I get?
     
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    Depending the size of your tank, I would say about 5 will do.
     
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    Barbs are schooling fish, so the more the better, take into account that they can get upto 8 - 10cm.
     
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    I've read on 4 different site they grow to 5cm max
    I order 5 and see how they get along
     
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    Yeah, under my knowledge, they also get about 5-7cm big. I had a Rosy barb that got to a size of about 12cm. But he was fed very welk and also in a very big tank. As far as I can remember, it was a 4ft. It was a tetra and barb only tank. I had about 20 tetras and 10 barbs in that tank. They all grew a bit over the actual size the internet says, exept the rosy barb, he grew much bigger than I expected
     

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