hi im going to be starting a 20 gal long heavily planted tank soon and wondering what stock i could have i would like blue german rams and bristle nose plecs but what would the perfect stock list im open to all sugestions thnx
A pair of rams would be great and very suitable for that tank. Add in about 8 cardinal tetras (or neons, or any other small tetra) for the schooling fish. If you're going to go the route of BN plecos, I'd only put 1 in a 20 long due to the incredible amount of waste they produce (and the tank size would be adequately suited to only 1 as well). If you'd rather go with a more efficient algae eater, get a few otocinclus and your tank will be all set in terms of stocking.
thnx for your reply i did want a pair of bn catfish but ill settle for just the one and im gonna go for neons or cardinal im not sure which one yet or is there any other dwarf cichlid thta would go nicly into that setup apistos or maybe kribs
Well if you want to stick to fish found in the wild with Blue rams. You could look at a school of a dozen or so Green neon tetras, nine or so Rummy-nose tetras, five Corydoras metae and five Otocinclus vittatus.
fishkeeper93 I like the idea of doing small biotope-ish tanks. I would only look at doing a pair of dwarf acaras or dwarf eartheaters in a 20 gallon long tank, or a trio of apistogramma or checkerboard cichlids.
I am a big fan of the smaller catfish species, as they come in so many patterns and are found in most of the water ways of northern South America. But I agree with ajbry, that they do produce an incredible amount of waste, possibly too much for a SA community tank in a 20 gallon long.
I have 8 small panaque catfish in my 150 gallon tank at the moment, and omg do they poo alot. I am doing 30% water changes every 4 days just t keep the nitrate levels under control, not to mention keeping the tank looking clean. A good way see just how much poo they produce, try feeding them some sweet potato.
I think it's a choice between having a single bristlenose and some otocinclus, or having small groups of corydoras and otocinclus. Personally I'd go for the corydoras, becuase of thier social interactions.
Generally when looking to put together a stock list I start with the cichlid profile from FishBase. Towards the bottom of the page, you'll find a link to Occurrence Records, this is where I start my search for tank mates.
Next site I visit is mongabay.com. It has some real good pages, particularly; Biotope Aquaria Ecosystems and Country Database. These aren't complete lists, but they are a good starting point.
I also visit PlanetCatfish and go to the search function and type in the river where my cichlids come from, for example Rio Orinoco, and find a Cat-e-log link, go to Habitat Information of the catfish and click on the river to bring up a list of all catfish found there.