What To Pair With Electric Blue Acaras...

jmarks

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I have a 36 gal bow front aquarium. Over a year ago, I purchased 6 juvenile electric blue acaras (EBAs). I ended up with one mating pair and have sold the other 4 back to my LFS. I also have a mating pair of albino bristlenose plecos along with 5 albino cory cats scavenging the bottom. My tap water is typically around 7-7.5.

I am trying to decide what to pair with my ECBs. I realize I need to stay dwarf sized, but big enough to not be eatin by ECBs. Male ECB is probably close to full size at 3inches or so.

I am thinking about trying to land a pair of german blue rams, but curious if the pH would be a problem. Websites I have read illustrate these to be more comforable in the 5-7 pH range. I am naturally at the high end of this range.

Thoughts or other suggestions?
 

Plecomaker

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they would be happier at the range you suggested, yes.
I'm not convinced rams could handle a pair of acara.
maybe someone else can add to this
 

Anders247

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I agree with plecomaker, I wouldn't add GBRs in this size tank with acaras.

Though they are fine at your pH. People have bred them in a pH over 8 before.
 
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jmarks

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Anders247 said:
I agree with plecomaker, I wouldn't add GBRs in this size tank with acaras.

Though they are fine at your pH. People have bred them in a pH over 8 before.
any other ideas for adding a fish or two...I was also thinking of maybe just adding a shark (redtail?).....
 
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jmarks

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Anders247 said:
I agree with plecomaker, I wouldn't add GBRs in this size tank with acaras.

Though they are fine at your pH. People have bred them in a pH over 8 before.
any other ideas for adding a fish or two...I was also thinking of maybe just adding a shark (redtail?).....
 
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jmarks

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......moved comment to a reply (couldnt figure out how to delete)
 
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jmarks

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Anders247 said:
Red tail and rainbow sharks need a 55 gallon.
How about a pearl gourami?
I was looking into gouramis earlier and was hesitant since they are especially peaceful fish and from what I read, wasn't sure how it would do with the current male acara being somewhat large and semI aggressive......from what I read, they seem to thrive with smaller peaceful fish....
 

Anders247

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If you're worried about them not being tough enough, then what about three spot gouramis? They're semi-aggressive.
 
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jmarks

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Anders247 said:
If you're worried about them not being tough enough, then what about three spot gouramis? They're semi-aggressive.
never seen nor heard of those before...ill read up on those tomorrow
 

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