20 long. Can I keep different species of rams?

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I have a 20 gallon long and was wondering if two different types of ram (bolivian & german blue) can co-exist in there without fighting? They occupy the same space but since they technically aren't the same species will they see each other as a threat or just ignore each other? Tank is moderately planted, some good hiding spots.

I'd love to have a pair of each but if that isn't enough space for both pairs I might just do a female of each species. Should that be ok?
 

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Usually a 40 gallon breeder is suggested for keeping multiple dwarf cichlids together. A 20 long I'm not sure would be enough. These fish are notoriously hard to sex as well so it may be hard getting 2 for sure females. And even if you were able to find 2 females I'm not sure it would be a good idea even then.
 
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Thanks. I may just stick to Bolivians and hope for a pair


 

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Bolivians would be my pick as well between the two. IME what you give up in color you gain in hardiness and personality. From the ones I've seen locally as well it seems the bolivians are a bit nicer to other species than the germans as well. (There is a world war 2 joke in there somewhere)
 

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