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jessie
02-01-2007, 04:06 AM
I am thinking about buying some blue rams for my new 29 gallon tank. I also want a few schools of tetras. My experience with other cichlids is that they are very aggresive, but I have heard of people putting the blue rams with tetras. Has anybody had any experience with this? If tetras don't go well with them, any suggestions on better tank mates? I don't want another cichlid only tank.

jeffs99dime
02-01-2007, 04:10 AM
rummy nose tetra will work with them. good contrast in color too.

Lady Hobbs
02-01-2007, 04:20 AM
Comptatibility and tank-mates: They are shy and peaceful fish They do best in tanks with other dwarf cichlids. Schools of tetras or ram cichlids make suitable tank mates.

You hit it on the head, Jeff.

Glasstapper
02-01-2007, 04:27 AM
a nice big school of small tetras would look awesome. The rummynose is a great addition, but if you have trouble finding them, neons or diamonds would also look really cool.

jeffs99dime
02-01-2007, 04:27 AM
i was just going by what i used to have. rams, discus, rummynose, harlequins, and cardinals lol

i'm in no way saying to put discus in a 29 gallon however, jessie

jessie
02-01-2007, 04:32 AM
Funny you mentioned that. Those were all the fish I was thinking about putting in there. (minus the Discus!) Although my LFS has all fish for 50% off, so I could get Discus for a mere 40 dollars if I buy now. :)

jeffs99dime
02-01-2007, 04:33 AM
Funny you mentioned that. Those were all the fish I was thinking about putting in there. (minus the Discus!) Although my LFS has all fish for 50% off, so I could get Discus for a mere 40 dollars if I buy now. :)

you will need a much larger tank for discus though

jessie
02-01-2007, 04:33 AM
So far only been able to find the rummynose at one store, and they all appear to have Ich.

jessie
02-01-2007, 04:34 AM
There's no way I would attempt Discus, even with a larger tank. I would have to shoot myself if I lost a fish like that.

jeffs99dime
02-01-2007, 04:35 AM
i'm going to venture to say it's the water quality at the store. rummynoses are very sensitive to water parameters as are rams, discus, etc

Lady Hobbs
02-06-2007, 04:14 PM
So far only been able to find the rummynose at one store, and they all appear to have Ich.

Doesn't this just drive you crazy that fish are not treated prior to being sold? I don't know if all this ICK you see on them in the stores are the way they come shipped to them or if it's the conditions in the store. Either way, you'd think they'd treat fish before selling them to the public.

Another reason the stores tank water should never be dumped in your own tank.

jessie
02-09-2007, 09:37 PM
Yes, that drives me nuts. The least they could do is put up a quarantine sign. I was looking for a store attendant to point it out to.

bettaboy691
03-03-2007, 04:54 PM
can blue rams live with platies?

10wingfish
03-04-2007, 01:34 AM
Platies apparently are perfect. I've got 4 "dwarf" platies in with the 3 blue rams and they get along famously and even got the rams to finally pair up. Now the smaller male ram is on his own but hanging with the platies. It is a very active "playful" tank if that's what you are looking for.

bettaboy691
03-04-2007, 10:52 AM
cheers, i was thinking of adding a pair of rams to live with my platies, but my platies are really greedy and ive heard rams are shy, i didnt want the rams to starve.

10wingfish
03-04-2007, 01:45 PM
Don't worry, they are relatively shy, but not with the platies.

Nite Vizhun
03-16-2007, 08:11 PM
I used to have a couple lyre-tail checkerboard cichlids in with rams. Make sure you have plenty of caves/territories, and they should get along fine. Similar water requirements.