29 Gallon Dwarf Cichlid Tank Setup With Tank Mates!! 29 Gallon Tank

Discussion in 'American Cichlids' started by packers1193, May 29, 2018.

  1. packers1193

    packers1193New MemberMember

    Okay guys so I want to set up a 29 gal dwarf cichlid tank I plan on dirting the tank & making it heavily planted. My stocking plan was a pair of blue rams, a pair of Bolivian rams, 4 dwarf loachs not sure what kind, 1 hill stream loach, & maybe 10-15 ghost shrimp if my fish don't eat em which I don't think they will but let me know your thoughts as far as fish load, lighting, & filtration thanks.
  2. kayla.s

    kayla.sWell Known MemberMember

    Chose between one pair of rams, as they're temperature incompatible. Also 4 of them would be a bit much for a 29g.
  3. ktorg

    ktorgValued MemberMember

    I agree with the above as far as incompatible temperature requirements. Also, all the fish you mentioned spend most of their time on the bottom of the tank. You should look into a schooling middle or top level fish.

  4. OP

    packers1193New MemberMember

    Yeah they require slightly diff temps but I think if I put the tank more at the blue rams requirements I'll be good because Bolivians are a more hardy adaptable fish & if it don't work out I have a 20 gal long that I can put one of the pairs in I'll just have to set it asap but as far as middle swimmers I plan on taking 3 black skirts, & 3 blood fined tetras out of the 55 & putting them in the 29 good idea or no??
  5. ktorg

    ktorgValued MemberMember

    What I was suggesting was to replace some of the bottom dwellers that you proposed with some middle/top dwellers so all the fish aren't crowded on the bottom and competing for space, not just add more tetras.

    The Bolivians will survive in the warmer water needed for the blue rams, but their lifespan will be shortened.
  6. kayla.s

    kayla.sWell Known MemberMember

    You're going to have them fighting if there's more than one male in that size tank
  7. OP

    packers1193New MemberMember

    Got you maybe I'll just go with 2 loach of some sort thanks for the comment

    My plan is that the heavy vegetation with lots of hiding spots that
    will keep them from coming across each other to much but I guess I'll just have to see & try it for my self I'll post pics she. I eventually do it
    Last edited by a moderator: May 30, 2018
  8. yukondog

    yukondogWell Known MemberMember

    The 55 would be a better option.
  9. Racing1113Well Known MemberMember

    Too many rams for that size tank, and not a good tank for a hillstream loach.

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