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Old 01-29-2016, 07:52 PM
 
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How about having Rams (4 or 5) and few guppies, platies and/or mollies in a 30 gallon tank. The idea is to have interesting fish and in this case the Rams being the center piece of the tank and the others fill in the void (upper part of the tank) and the youngs produced by the others would be food for the Rams and the Rams would provide population control to the guppies, etc.

Good idea?
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Old 01-30-2016, 03:23 PM
 
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youd have to provide lots of cover for the rams as mollies and platies can be nippers, mollies and platies also bred best in a mild brashisk tank...
the rams would also potentially chase/nip at the guppies.

rams are pretty peacefull, shy even, they do best in a mixed community of small fairly peacefull but relitivly active fish like small tertras and rasboras...or smaller zanios like zebras or celestial pearls. (assuming theres a large enough group as danios can be nippy in smaller numbers.
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Old 01-30-2016, 10:50 PM
 
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youd have to provide lots of cover for the rams as mollies and platies can be nippers, mollies and platies also bred best in a mild brashisk tank...
the rams would also potentially chase/nip at the guppies.
Are you saying that you're worried that mollies and platies are going to attack the cichlids?
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Old 01-31-2016, 04:29 PM
 
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yes, rams are not like other cichlids, while territorial with other cichlids, they are not aggressive like their larger cousins and are frequently picked on by larger fish and can be shy.
they do best in very peaceful tanks with no fin nippers, and both mollies and platies can be bullies.
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Old 01-31-2016, 04:45 PM
 
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both mollies and platies can be bullies.
Platies and mollies are smaller than Rams.
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Old 01-31-2016, 11:13 PM
 
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Size doesn't matter they will still nip and annoy which will stress out the rams. No need to debate, it is just the way they are
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Old 02-01-2016, 08:29 AM
 
Location: North Western NJ
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firstly since when does size play a part. ive seen 1" baby tiger barbs tear full sized adult angelfish to shreds because people thought theyd "look cool" together...and angels are also cichlids who can be quite aggressive in themselves...

no one informed the fish that they cant be bullies simply because they might be smaller than the other fish....

secondly rams are SMALL
a german blue ram at maturity is about 2 1/2 inches long
a female platy matures at about 2 1/2 inches
and mollies can reach up to 4 inches at maturity! (with an average for females being in the 3" size range!)
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Old 02-02-2016, 08:42 AM
 
Location: Tejas
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I had platties and GBR in the same tank. The GBR are quite a good community tank. I kept Cory cats down there with em. I did have mollies and platties at the time but the tank was heavily planted with lots of hiding spaces. They were stressed out by them. When removed they did colour up beautifully.
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Old 03-09-2016, 09:20 AM
 
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Not a bad idea.
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