Help me stock my tank with beautiful, interesting fish!

Discussion in 'Aquarium Stocking Questions' started by annewaldron, Apr 23, 2012.

  1. annewaldronValued MemberMember

    I've got a 30 gallon long. Building a stand for it so I'm a couple weeks out from getting it set up.

    I'm doing a planted tank, and will be using proper lighting and a fluval 206 filter.

    My must-have fish is the Gold German Ram (and I love the blue rams too). I'd love to have 4 or 5 or so of them plus other compatible fish. I'm really committed to making this a beautiful tank, but first committed to making it a healthy, happy tank.

    What kinds of other fish could I do with them and how many?

    I know size matters, so it's probably hard to say what a "max number" would be.

    If you were starting with GGRs, how would YOU stock your 30 gal?

    Last edited: Apr 23, 2012
  2. ryanrModeratorModerator Member

    Hi annewaldron, welcome to Fishlore :;hi1

    :animal0068: I have moved your question to the Aquarium Stocking Questions forum, hopefully you'll get some answers soon.


  3. annewaldronValued MemberMember

    p.s. I have a couple pieces of twisty mopani wood that I'd love to see something swim around/through

    (Sorry, I'd been spending so much time in the beginners forum, I forgot to consider there might be a more appropriate forum for my question- thanks for moving this)

  4. annewaldronValued MemberMember

    Since this thread is sinking, I'll start.

    What about:
    4 gold german rams
    3 german blue rams
    5 harlequin/espei rasboras
    1 cory

    Too many?
  5. NievesoNew MemberMember

    Add 6 albino convicts too
  6. greenbeanetteValued MemberMember


    I'd do 1-2 pairs of rams (since they need space for territory)
    6 cories
    8-10 khuli loaches or a BN pleco
    2 schools of tetras/rasboras 8-10 (take your pick)
    a centerpiece fish, maybe a dwarf gourami
  7. NievesoNew MemberMember

    if you can find some really nice ones :D
    Last edited by a moderator: Apr 24, 2012
  8. annewaldronValued MemberMember

    Are you suggesting 6 cories for their cleanup ability? I'm not the hugest fan of cories (although the sterbai Cory is interesting)
  9. greenbeanetteValued MemberMember

    I suggested them because you had one on the list :) They like to be in groups so just one would get lonely.
  10. NievesoNew MemberMember

    He dosent have enough room fOr all that though If you have too many big cities they will get territorial

    If You want 6 big ones he will need a 75G tank but it should be fine when they are babies
    Last edited by a moderator: Apr 24, 2012
  11. ryanrModeratorModerator Member

    I'm also intrigued :;sh

    Convicts are not considered community fish, nor would I recommend putting 6 in a 30G. Whilst our profile says a 20G minimum, Cichlids (in general) are territorial. Convicts are no exception. (

    For the OP - rams seem to do pretty well with most of the community fish, many of the tetras, rasboras etc. I would probably stay away from larger community fish, such as (some of the) gouramis. The GGR would be your centrepiece (and they're very cool IMO)

    Hope that helps.
  12. jerilovesfrogsFishlore VIPMember

    uh no. 6 cons in a 30g would be really bad news. i have a pair in a 75g, with 2 small firemouths...and they own the tank. when not in breeding mode, they're better...but still.

    in a 30g i would stick to only one species of bottom dweller. kuhllis or cories. imo there isn't *that* much room for both. cories are very cute :)

    while rams are much more peaceful than other cichlids....they do have their moments for sure. so you'll want to make sure you don't over stock them, so they have enough room to spread out and have territories.

    a nice looking schooling fish, like harlequin rasboras, would look nice...esp with plants. you could prob have 10 of them, only if there aren't any other schoolers in there. i'm not sure if you wanted more than one species.
  13. LyndaBFishlore LegendMember

    I'm a huge cory and kuhli lover, so would definitely vote for either of those but don't think the tank can support both.

    I've always considered rams as centerpiece fish, so not sure I'd find another species necessary for that position (although I have no personal experience with rams).

    One of my favorite kinds of tanks is one with various schools in it. I have ember tetras, rummynose tetras and white cloud mountain minnows that school together in my community and it's a pretty picture when they do so.
  14. greenbeanetteValued MemberMember

    I was thinking because it's a long tank, they could fit both?

    Edit: ok. So, updated list because I don't want to give poor advice lol
    1-2 pairs of rams
    6 cories or 8-10 khulis or a BN pleco
    2 schools of tetras/rasboras
  15. annewaldronValued MemberMember

    So is it best to consider Rams in pairs? What about 3 of one variety and 2 of another?

    When you say schools of rasboras, what number are you thinking?

    I think I'd rather stick with 2 or 3 Corys, tops.

    3 GGRs
    2 GBRs
    1-2 schools of rasboras (how many?)
    1-2 sterbai cory
    1 bandit cory

    How does that sound? Is there another colorful fish I could consider instead of the rasbora? (I'm thinking along the lines of cardinal tetra but bigger)
  16. LyndaBFishlore LegendMember

    Corys need members of their own species in their group. A minimum of 3 per species is okay, but 5 is better.

    Tetra schools should be minimum of 8, but the more the merrier.
  17. ryanrModeratorModerator Member

    Oooh, IMO, I probably wouldn't mix rams.

    A mated pair would be fine, otherwise a minimum 1M:2F ratio so that one female doesn't get constantly harrassed. :;dk (not 100% sure on ratio)

    Not sure on alternatives to rasboras.... cardinal tetras are some of the larger tetras, maybe black skirts, or black neons
  18. annewaldronValued MemberMember

    How many would be in a school of rasboras?
  19. Lexi03Well Known MemberMember

    GBRs, gold rams and electric blue rams can be mixed, but I wouldn't do more than three rams in a 30gal, and of the three only 1male.
  20. ryanrModeratorModerator Member

    Thanks Lexi - I wasn't 100% sure

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