Adding a Ram 30 Gallon Tank 

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Hello all,

Would it be okay to add a Bolivian Ram, or two, to my tank? Currently, I have 3 YoYo loaches, 5 Tiger barbs, and a Dwarf Gourami. I was thinking of adding one ram, if they don't require a partner, and one more yoyo. But, if needed, I could nix the one more loach idea, and I could add 2 Bolivian rams. I'd love suggestions.

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I would personally be worried about the tiger barbs with rams.
 

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plus rams like it a bit hotter than some fish.... they are a picky breed.
 
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The tiger barbs don't harass any of the tank mates I have, currently. Would it be better to sell the barbs off and get another type of schooling fish? If so, which one would work?
 
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Okay, so after reading several posts, I think I have decided on this stocking list for my 30. Please let me know if this will not work. I don't want to deal with breeding, so even though a pair of kribs would be beautiful, I don't think I want them. Anyways, here is the list:

1 Bolivian Ram, 1 Keyhole or Apisto or Cockatoo (not sure which species, suggest your favorite please), 3 yo-yo loaches, 6 cardinal tetras. How is that stocking?
 

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As along time tiger barb keeper, I think you'd be doing the right thing to get rid of them. Both cherry and gold barbs are readily available, stay smaller and are much safer.

And as Isaid before, I think you'll find 6 tetras to be a little....thin
 
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So you think those cichlids would be okay together? I will be giving the tiger barbs to a friend to ensure a good home. I could add my DG, I was going to give him away as well, so would that work out?
 

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I'm not sure about the cichlids - not my area of expertise.

Cherry barbs, bloodfins and a DG are all compatible - I like the color scheme.
 
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Okay. Cool thanks you for the help, Jaysee. I will look into those fish. Does anyone have an opinion on the cichlids? Thanks for all of your help.
 

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Apisto's are wonderful fish...but...if you get pairs (m and f)..there could be trouble at spawning time. The females get very possesive of their territorys and their fry.. You could keep a couple of different males as in Cockatoos and Borellis. Beautiful fish...bottom and near bottom dwellers. Each male will have a territory but no serious fighting ever occured for me...they would flare at each other and occasionally chase...but don't put in a female!!! The flaring is cool and their colors would be great as they show their stuff. There are many other varieties of appistogramma, I believe that cockatoos and Borellis are the easiest and very pretty fish.
 
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I like the coloring on the cockatoo. would a cockatoo work with a bolivian, or should I get another apisto? If so, are there any other than the borellis? I like the colorful fish, and the photos of borellis I've seen are rather bland, but I may be incorrect.
 

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I'm planning on putting a bolivian and a keyhole in with my gold barbs in a 26 gallon later this week, so I'll let you know how that goes(provided they have a keyhole still when I get to the store :-\ )
 
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