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    Hi, I'm starting a 38 gallon tank and want to put some Cichlids in it.
    I'm going to get a couple of Rams and wanted to put live plants in it.
    My questions are What types of plants and also what kind of tank mates
    would be ok with the rams?

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    to the AC. I don't know anything about cichlids but I'm sure someone who does will pop in with info. Congrats on the new tank!
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    What about an Angelfish and a pleco.

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    Tetras are great with rams and would compliment there colors well. some tetras are very vibrant. I don't think a Angel would be suitable in a 38G potentially one would. But at the risk of its health and possible aggression towards your more typically docile rams. Also a common pleco is out. But a dwarf L pleco species could do just fine in a 38.

    Corydoras are always a fun and useful addition to your community what are the dimensions of your 38?

    Any plants should do fine with the rams..they do not dig as much as the larger cichlids will. However its always a good idea to get proper substrate for roots to anchor.

    And what will dictate which plants are best for your tank. would also depend on the type of lighting you currently have. as well as substrate.
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    Welcome to AC, I also am not familiar with cichlids, but will be following your journal to see how your tank comes together.
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    My tank is
    36"L 12"W 20"H. And the filter is a Marineland H.O.T. Magnum 250. I think I'm going to go with white sand for the substrate.
    The light is a Aqueon full spectrum 17W T8 24" I can get a different lamp if there is better one for plants.

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    Have you kept cichlids before? I've kept a lot and depending on which type of rams can change everything. I only ask because I've been through some ups and downs very recently trying to keep German Blue Rams, you really want a WELL established tank, talking months here...and very strict water conditions. Bolivian Rams however, are much more hardy. Are you looking to breed them? or just have a well balanced tank? Anything to do with dwarf cichlids gets my attention...and if you want something better for plants check out Current USA lighting...lots of people here use that light and love it
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    Welcome to the AC! Last year I kept a pair of EB rams and a pair of angelfish with no problems in a similar-sized tank as yours, actually pretty much the exact same. Angelfish are more top strata and rams will stay near the bottom. I find the two do very well together and keep juvies all together all the time. So it can work in your tank. I nice school of mid-sized tetras (I recomend red or black phantoms) and your tank will dazzle.

    But...I agree with Altima. You should slow down there a bit and start your tank, let the plants do their thing, have them growing well, before adding German Blue rams (also Electric Blue or Gold) especially. Their Bolivian cousins are slighly easier to keep due to their broader water parameters. It's ok, you can do it eventually, no problem.

    That's another thing, I don't know if you're new to keeping aquariums or not.

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