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starting S.A. Cichlid planted tank 29 gal

7 years 2 months ago #34554 by aggriffin3
I have heard that apistogrammas and German Blue Rams will squabble over territory unless you have lots of site line blocks and a larger aquarium? It can be done, but be careful and keep a watch on them. Also, I think the GBR's like a little warmer water temperature? Bolivians like a little cooler if I am not mistaken. Don't know enough about snails, but I dont see why you couldnt have them in there. Just remember, a 29 is not very big, especiallly when coming to small pugnacious fish like the GBR;s.

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7 years 2 months ago #34553 by Fishgirl23
I like the cockatoo dwarf cichlids, I read there should be 3 females to every male. Maybe 2 females, 1 male, and the mated GBR pair could live in the 29g? With the pleco and Cory's. What about mystery snails in a south American tank?

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7 years 2 months ago #34552 by Fishgirl23
Thanks for the info! Very helpful. What do you think about apistogrammas with the rams?

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7 years 2 months ago #34546 by aggriffin3
Here's a good article on easy plants to have in an aquarium.
aquariadise.com/8-easy-aquarium-plants/

I prefer Swords and Ferns, and that is what I have in most of my SA tanks. As for adding the Bolivians, I would not mix the two, and the tank is a little small for Bolivians anyways. Stick with the GBR's and if you want to add a pair of Angels, they get along with the GBR's. The Bumblebee catfish is predatory, so anything that will fit in its mouth, including GBR fry will be history.
I would do the GBR's, a small pair of Angels, the cory's and a Bristelnose Pleco.

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7 years 2 months ago #34540 by Fishgirl23
Hi all! I am new to the forum. I love fish and = I want to learn more about cichlids - especially South American cichlids. I love rams and already have a mated pair of Blue Rams. They are in a thriving freshwater tank right now, but I plan on converting to a planted tank with softer/more acidic water to suit the rams better. I would like to get some Bolivian Rams as well. I have a couple plecos and green cory catfish that I am hoping to be able to incorporate in the tank as well. I have a lot of mystery snails and ghost shrimp that I am unsure if they will be able to be in the tank. I am hoping to add more cory catfish as well as a south american bumblee catfish to the tank.. Does anyone know their temperament? I still do not know what plants will do well in a South American tank and would greatly appreciate any advice on how to go about starting the tank. I know all about the nitrogen cycle and have a great filter to transfer over to introduce the beneficial bacteria. I just need some tips on the best way to make the water conditions best for the rams and what type of substrate/plants to incorporate. If anyone has any advice I would appreciate it.

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