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Old 01-02-2013, 08:50 PM   #1
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I have a Clown Pleco that is the last (living) fish from my old tank. I was wanting a loose biotope, so anything in the South America area is fair game. Looking for a mid swimming fish, a bottom dweller of some sort, and a centerpiece such as some dwarf cichlids. Thanks guys!


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Old 01-02-2013, 10:21 PM   #2
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there is a nice article on "creating a natural amazon river environment"on fisharefriends.com Just google "amazon fish tanks" and that will come up, along with quite a few other very inspiring articles. My tank is "kinda sorta" amazonian. I keep the water slightly more acidic for them. Let us know what you decide upon!
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Old 01-02-2013, 10:28 PM   #3
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What size tank?
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Old 01-02-2013, 10:52 PM   #4
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Oh, sorry emc, it's a 20 gallon high. And thanks C. King, I'll go look into that.
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Old 01-02-2013, 11:09 PM   #5
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That is a pretty limiting size. A breeding pair of cichlids, even dwarf ones, like rams, may well claim the whole tank. Maybe a single cichlid, several otocinclus and some neons or hatchets.
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Old 01-03-2013, 12:22 AM   #6
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i have a 50gal and one acara is claiming the tank lol, think it would claim my house if i let it
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Old 01-03-2013, 04:48 AM   #7
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Apistos, or Rams. Awesome fish! I doubt they will claim the whole tank, and will only be aggressive during breeding, and even then it's not that bad.
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Old 01-03-2013, 06:37 AM   #8
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So:
x1 Clown Pleco
x1 Cockatoo Dwarf Cichlid
x6 Neon Tetras
x2 Otocinclus Cats
x4 ??? Cories

I've never really liked hatchets, thanks anyway. I'm sorry it's a limiting size, it's currently my only tank. Do I need to tint the water with bogwood, or is it just recommended?
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Old 01-03-2013, 10:43 AM   #9
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Sterbai corries! They are so beautiful and active. And I'm loving my bolivian rams, such personality.
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Old 01-03-2013, 10:46 AM   #10
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Oh, I had no idea you had Rams, lol. I like Rams coloration, but the required temps aren't compatible with my Clown Pleco. Even with the Cockatoo Dwarf, I have to keep the water at 77 degrees (F)


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Old 01-03-2013, 06:32 PM   #11
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Ok, I'm now confused, I've been looking into my pleco, and I see different temperature ranges. I was trying to mix Rams and my pleco, but now I'm not sure if it'll work. A little help?
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Old 01-03-2013, 07:41 PM   #12
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My tank with all my apistos and rams is only at abot 74-76. And they are happy as clams, and breed frequently.

Pleco with Rams will be fine. Pleco with 20 gal tank- limited choices. Do not get the standard pleco. they can reach like 2 feet! Get a bushynose!
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Old 01-03-2013, 07:51 PM   #13
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Nono, this is a Clown Pleco, a dwarf loricariidae. And that's great! Thanks that's a relief. Aqadvisor was freaking out, and it was scaring me. I know it's not perfect, so I came here to ask. So my stocking list as of now:
2 German Blue Rams
3 Otocinclus Cats
1 Clown Pleco
6 Cardinal Tetras

I took out the cories to save space, and give the GBRs some breathing room. I know the GBRs might fight each other, but I'll put in 2 potted plants, both in dense cover, but with easy to access to the fish. Any final recommendations are appreciated. I have come long way in few weeks. Sorry I'm so indecisive. :/

Note: These fish are all from the Orinoco River, so all I need to do is get the tank right...
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Old 01-04-2013, 04:14 PM   #14
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Oh clown pleco, in that case your fine. Don't go by those silly stocking things. I bet it would go crazy if i put in my stocking. As long as the tank is not too crowded and well kept everything will be fine. Your tank is fine stocked, and has room for more.


Be sure to get a male and female ram. Two males will fight!
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Old 01-04-2013, 04:46 PM   #15
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I planned on having a breeding pair, possibly to sell the juvies. I will add a sponge filter, just to improve filtration a little.


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