Have you considered any of the Dario species such as the Scarlet Badis?
Also rams are good for snail population control. They actively hunt for the egg sacs.
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Just personal experience with them. Watched them looking on the underside of leaves looking for egg sacs. And they tear them apart. Same with any egg sacs on the glass.did not know that! Very interesting! Do you have a link to source or know if any other fish which do the same?
Anyone kept multiple colour morphs together? Like a pair of GBR and a pair of gold rams? I would assume the colour morphs are more susceptible to the diseases that commonly occur
What temperature do people keep there planted tanks with rams in?
Im running my tank at 26 degrees.. A little hot for my plants and a little cold for the rams.
I spotted some dark knight rams.. Amazing looking fish, photos don't do them justice.
I thought I would stick with my standard German rams for a while before adding any extra. I also wasn't sure if mixing would be a good idea.
Yes you can keep multiple strains together. I have Standard Blue, Electric Blue, Gold, And SB Electric Blue Together. With No Problems at all.
The Weakest Strains I have Kept have Been the shortlived Pink Rams. They Died shortly after Spawning. And Have never seen them again after that. This was in 2004-2005.
Dark Knights are another Fad, and they honestly look like a sickly ram. And from some of the breeders they are surprisingly aggressive towards each other, and other ram colors. The ones you see in listings have been color enhanced with hormones and then photoshopped. And the one above in reality will never look like that. As its natural coloring does not show thru the black that much.
I am keeping mine @22 and they are fine, I prefer to keep my tanks at a cooler temp and always have.
I’ll reiterate that I’d add more than 2 males - if they are not well matched, you may end up with one dominant male that will harass the subordinate male ... with at least 3 males, an aggressor must split his time and energy (plus chasing after the girls)Or buy 2M 3F GBR to join my female.
For Amano’s, I’d resist until the MC is more established, as they will begin rolling a lot of soil once their numbers are up
(the males will remain much smaller and seem to be more diligent workers as well )
Other Caridina and Neocaridina shrimp will help keep things clean, and once established, will likely breed sufficiently to outpace fish depredations
(Check the swap forum for shrimp )
How many Otocinclus do you currently have?
(I’d go with 5-6)
I’ll reiterate that I’d add more than 2 males - if they are not well matched, you may end up with one dominant male that will harass the subordinate male ... with at least 3 males, an aggressor must split his time and energy (plus chasing after the girls)
I suggest adding 3M 3-4F (but would wait a couple months, establishing carpet and shrimp first - loads of baby shrimp will live beneath the MC carpet)
(FWIW Nuno M kept shrimp in his auascaped tanks, along with his A bitaeniata - he mentions that while they did some shrimp hunting, shrimp continued to breed etc ... )