Hello all the friendly people on fishlore! I've decided to move my betta, Mr. Velvetine, into his own tank because I want to get some fish that I don't think he's compatible with. (Wow...yes I'm still amazed he convinced me to buy a new tank just for him.) I was in the fish shop Friday and they have some german blue rams. I was wondering if anyone has any experience with these guys. From what I've read they don't really have good reputations for surviving. But I'm up for a challenge. The blue rams are in a tank in the fish store all together right now. I keep getting mixed information on if they should be kept with buddies or not - since they're shy and you might not see them if they're alone. I might get two (not interested in breeding though - so info on male/male compatibility is helpful). Also, my tank's growing some algae. I'm thinking about getting some ottos. I know they like company. But I'd like to start with one and if it survives the first few weeks I'll get some friends. Any advice on ottos (especially on helping keep their bellies full after all the algae's been eaten)? Thanks in advance guys! You're always so helpful!