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I was wondering if anyone knew of a good source for Wild/F1/possibly F2 dwarf cichlids. In particular I'm considering some Bolivian or normal rams or another dwarf of similar size, color and temperament.
 

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Hey Error,
All those links have me thinking extra hard on getting some dwarfs LOL.

but it does leave me with some questions:
1) let supposed German rams...if I got a pair, and they were in a tank with other fish..say tetras, would I have population control, or would it just turn into a breading grounds? I'd hate to have a tank get overpopulated due to breeding fish.
2) suppose a 40g well planted. How many pairs could I keep in there? if breeding was an issue and I jsut wanted males, how many then?

..didn't mean to hijack so much, but it seamed sorta relevant LOL.
 

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Gomer said:
Hey Error,
All those links have me thinking extra hard on getting some dwarfs LOL.

but it does leave me with some questions:
1) let supposed German rams...if I got a pair, and they were in a tank with other fish..say tetras, would I have population control, or would it just turn into a breading grounds? I'd hate to have a tank get overpopulated due to breeding fish.
2) suppose a 40g well planted. How many pairs could I keep in there? if breeding was an issue and I jsut wanted males, how many then?

..didn't mean to hijack so much, but it seamed sorta relevant LOL.
1) This depends on how well the pair defend their fry, but I don't think over population is an issue in a community tank as other fish will always find their way around the parents to get to the fry.

2) I think you could go with two pairs in a 40g, and Rams are better off in pairs. It's especially interesting when the two males show off(it's more like a dance) to each other to show off who's the more dominant male.
 

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Gomer said:
Hey Error,
All those links have me thinking extra hard on getting some dwarfs LOL.

but it does leave me with some questions:
1) let supposed German rams...if I got a pair, and they were in a tank with other fish..say tetras, would I have population control, or would it just turn into a breading grounds? I'd hate to have a tank get overpopulated due to breeding fish.
2) suppose a 40g well planted. How many pairs could I keep in there? if breeding was an issue and I jsut wanted males, how many then?

..didn't mean to hijack so much, but it seamed sorta relevant LOL.
Did you see southernapistos's TETRAS? $&%(*$%%&@#&#%@*(&^!!!!!!!!! The Morado one was my favorite.

1) Since the fry would probably tend to stay around the bottom, and most of the tetras I know of tend to stick to the middle of strata of the tank, I wouldn't bet on it. However, there are always places to dump extra fry ::hint hint:: ;) If you went with something that does proactive hunting, for example barbs of some kind or bettas, you'd probably be better off. These are just assumptions based on what I do know, since I've never tested it.

2) I personally would keep only one pair plus dithers to a tank, unless there is an extraordinary amount of cover or the species you are keeping claims very small territories and both parents tend the fry. With some species, sometimes a parent goes on "border patrol" and can get a little nasty. In general, however, most new world dwarfs are (relatively) docile. Some Apistos, I hear, do well in colonies.
 

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I have found tetras to be quite the efficient proactive hunters. I have seen them gang up and steal mouthfuls of angelfish fry right under the noses of large wild-type angelfish. Typically, one acts as the distraction while one or two see the opportunity to sneak in from the back. I was impressed -- those cardinals looked so ...

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Interesting. I wonder if they'd behave the same way with bottom-area spawners, like rams and whatnot.
 
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