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This is copied from my blog @ http://trinidado.blogspot.com

If you didn't know, I actually have 3 tanks: a 10, a 77, and a 25 gallon. Actually, make that last one a 29, as I just recently discovered. Seeing a window of oppurtunity, with some full-grown Bolivian Rams at my LFS, I redid the tank in 3 hours, changing the substrate, wood, and rocks. I now have eco-complete, black gravel, slate, and a big chunk of wood in my tank. I think that it is very eye-catching, and certainly an improvement from before. I actually thought that no fish would survive, after forgetting to put a pump in the bucket where I left my fish for 2 1/2 hours. Part of this was true, as 4 swordtails died, including two fabulous males and two maturing females. The fish that did survive were the dominent female sword, a single male sword, and one of the maturing females. Apart from my swords, my young Bolivian Rams are doing fine, as well as my Upside-Down Catfish. All the fish that died had a dark spot in their stomach area, which might give a clue to what the problem was. Right now the nitrites and ammonia levels are at zero, and everything is working fine. I put a new pack of carbon in the filter to clear up the water and the bad stuff from the four deaths. So, even though four lovely fish died, I'm not at a complete loss, but rather, far from it. I'll be adding a pair of nice adult Bolivians to the tank tomorrow, and maybe some other fish too, who knows. Enough talking, here's some pictures.






In the last picture, you can see 1 of my swordtail fry which were born after the switch.

Also, what do you think of this stocking list?
2 pairs Bolivians (Have 4 Bolivians, hoping they pair up)
8-10 swords (I have 3 right now + the fry)
2 upside-down cats- Have
6 cories (What kind?)
Something else, like a schooling tetra or some hatchets?

Please give input and suggestions, as it is much appreciated.
 

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I can't see the pics, but it may be my work pc. I'll try to take a look again from home this weekend.

Do you plan to remove one pair of the rams? (You may need to, once they start spawning, but who knows? You might get away with it.)

If you plan on trying to raise the spawns, the swords are going to make it difficult. You will probably have to siphon off the fry and raise them in another tank.

I have a group of 6 of the albino cories in with my rams. They get along great, but the cories are also a problem when the rams spawn. They don't get the eggs, but once they are free swimming, they will swarm the area and eat the fry.

Once you add the cories and the remainder of the swords, the tank is full up, IMO.

Kim
 

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I can't seem to edit the first post, but here's some pictures that actually work.




They work for me, tell me if you can't see them still.

I'm thinking that I will add 6 cories tomorrow, as you suggested. I don't plan to remove a pair, unless they aren't a pair. I think that having 4 Bolivians will take off some stress from the females. Right now, they aren't showing any signs of pairing, and the suspected females are lip-locking ((defending territory?) but it may still be too early to tell.

Thanks for the reply!
Trinidad
 

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I can see the pics, a little dark to tell what's going on, but when I tell you it may be my work pc, it really may be! (I'm hoping it goes down soon so they will replace it!)

Make sure you stick with the smaller cories in that size tank!

You might clear out the center area of the tank a bit to define the territories better for the two pairs of rams, from what I'm able to see.

The tank looks very nice!

Kim
 
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