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    Aren't Acaras American cichlids?

    Bolivian Rams are a great choice. You could easily have a small group of them.

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    Yep, Acaras are South American cichlids. Generally peaceful, in a cichlid way. They'll get about 6" and might pose a problem for your pencilfish.
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    Quote Originally Posted by KevinVA View Post
    Yep, Acaras are South American cichlids. Generally peaceful, in a cichlid way. They'll get about 6" and might pose a problem for your pencilfish.
    So sorry. I actually googled Electric Blue Acara - and the first profile that came up said African Cichlid. Do you think I can find that profile now? Oh no. Clearly, whatever I found was incorrect. Acaras are most definitely south American cichlids. they do, however,get up to 6 inches as Kevin said and may not be a good mix for your tank.
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    As I continue to research/shop for a centerpiece I want to increase the cover in my tank. The light that came with the tank is a Coralife 50/50 6000k. Is this good for plant growth? More background: I am using Pool filtration Sand as my substrate with API root tabs. Is there anything else I can do improve growth?

    Thanks

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    Actually, the Coralife 50/50 6000k is a 50% daylight bulb + Actinic bulb. The 6000k would be ok for plants, but the actinic will most assuredly grow algae. You should switch that out with another 6000-7000k bulb, or even a red bulb. The actinic bulbs are made for reef tanks, because they can penetrate more water volume much easier than white/red.

    Switching the bulb will much improve your plant growth.
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    Quote Originally Posted by KevinVA View Post
    Actually, the Coralife 50/50 6000k is a 50% daylight bulb + Actinic bulb. The 6000k would be ok for plants, but the actinic will most assuredly grow algae. You should switch that out with another 6000-7000k bulb, or even a red bulb. The actinic bulbs are made for reef tanks, because they can penetrate more water volume much easier than white/red.

    Switching the bulb will much improve your plant growth.

    thoughts on these lights?:

    http://www.drsfostersmith.com/produc...fm?pcatid=4489

    http://www.drsfostersmith.com/produc...fm?pcatid=3787

    http://www.drsfostersmith.com/produc...fm?pcatid=4489

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    listed one of those twice here is the other:

    http://www.drsfostersmith.com/produc...79&pcatid=4479

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    The third link was the same as the first, however if you only meant to post those two, the 6,500K would probably serve you better. Strike that... while 6,500k is probably more pleasing to the eye (to most), 5,000k might actually benefit your plants more. I tried to find a color graph for the most beneficial spectrum for photosynthesis, but couldn't find it. It's out there. Apparently the 5,000k bulb produces more reds/blues than the 6,500k, which are ideal for plants.
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    Quote Originally Posted by KevinVA View Post
    The third link was the same as the first, however if you only meant to post those two, the 6,500K would probably serve you better. Strike that... while 6,500k is probably more pleasing to the eye (to most), 5,000k might actually benefit your plants more. I tried to find a color graph for the most beneficial spectrum for photosynthesis, but couldn't find it. It's out there. Apparently the 5,000k bulb produces more reds/blues than the 6,500k, which are ideal for plants.
    Awesome thanks!

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    So I stopped by a LFS today and saw some beautiful Yellow fish labeled as "Dwarf Ram Cichlid". I know Rams are a breed of cichlid (or at least I thought), but is this just a Yellow Ram? Or is it something else?

    The lady told me that she would be receiving some Blue Ram Cichlids on thursday and that I should wait to see those. These fish looked like they would be a great centerpiece. Any thoughts/suggestions on if this will work, and if so, how many should I look to get?

    Thanks

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