Which fish would you put in with rams?

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Which fish fish will go together well with 2 gbr's in a 15 gallon tank with a temperature of 82.4 degrees?

Any other dwarf cichlids?
Or is the tank to small to have more cichlids?
 

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6 Cardinals tetras .... Jmo
 
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Yep, tetras would be the way to go. Cardinal, Glowlights would work well in a school of 6.

Pygmy gouramI would also work, as would rasboras (harlequins).

I would stay away from more cichlids, you would only face territory/aggression issues. Not to mention that 15 gallon is probably a little too small for more than 2.
 

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I think you should get a bigger tank for them
 
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Tetra it is then.
Does anyone else think I should get a bigger tank for the rams?
To be honest, I feel really comfortable keeping them in a 15 gallon.
 

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the usual minimum is 20 gallons with just the 2 gbrs with other fish I would think 30 but that ju my opinion they are your fish and you know what they can handle
 

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Welcome to Fishlore man5onite!

+1

I agree with izzy. 2 GBRs in a 15 gallon tank is too small for them alone. Do you know the sex of your rams? If you have 2 males, then there will be territory wars and they can kill each other. If you have a pair, then they will require no less than a 20 gallon tank.

As you want to have a community environment, I'd say you need a 30 gallon, or larger.

Have you read the fact sheet on GBRs? If not, here's a link: https://www.fishlore.com/aquariummagazine/dec07/blue-ram-cichlid.htm

Good luck with your tank!
 

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15 is probably a bit small for them but not too terrible. If you have a male and female rather than two males, keep the water clean and have lots of plants I think it will be ok. I had a pair that I moved from my 75 to a ten because they had been laying eggs. It was heavily planted with lots of wood and the female died after a few weeks. That's just something to keep in mind. Watch for any changes in their behavior or appearance. My female's color wasn't great. I thought she was just adjusting but in retrospect I should have moved them back to the bigger tank.

If you get a bigger tank I'd suggest some Cories, Otos and/or Tetras.
 
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Thanks for the advice.
I would move them to my 30 gallon, but I have some fish there that I am uncertain if they will get along with.
A breeding krib pair, 2 gouramies and the acara fry which will be moved to a 65 gallon in 4-5 weeks, 2 clown plecos and 4 platy.
And also I think my 30 gallon is fully stocked.

I feel I may have bought the rams impulsively, and stupidly.
They are so tiny, and I didn't think twice or read up on it.

However, they were almost grey and black when I bought them.
Now they have started to color up nicely, so they can't have it to shabby.
 

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nope I believe all fish are better off with there new owner as long as they have FL even the bests lfs have soso conditions as they grow I would start looking for bigger tank

you could swith them out with the platies just a thought
 
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I have just switched them.
Do you think my 30 gallon is overstocked now?
Now it contains 2 blue acara fry, 2 kribs, 2 gbr, 2 gouramies, 2 clown pleco and an oto.
 
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Hm...after just 30 min in the 30 gallon they have colored up more.
The other fish aren't aggressive against them, and they treat the other fish good.
Do you think this is better?
 
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30 gallon is definitely better

Keep an eye on things, but as long as each cichlid (krib/gbr) has its own little territory, you might just get away with it
 
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