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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 07-17-2012, 04:15 PM Thread Starter
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Endlers, RCS and Rummy Nose - questions

doing a 36 gallon community tank, all little guys & shrimp, planted

1. Endlers & shrimp - If I have endlers & shrimp and lots of plants I assume I will eventually have a LOT of endlers & shrimp. When the population gets very large, can I add a pair of Blue Rams , or amybe a single betta? Would that balance out the population or would they just make the shrimp hide/go extinct and no more endler fry making it to adulthood?
Better to avoid any predation and give away the extras?

2. Rummy nose - was watching a good size tank of them in a LFS and love these guys, cool markings, very active. Read that they are hard to breed and always wild caught, does this make them a bad thing and should be avoided? (Disease, stress, short life, etc)

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1) This might work well, but there are differences in behavior among those "predators". You might get a pair of blue rams that hunts every shrimp mercilessly to extinction. Or you might get a Betta that is only interested in flakes. Still, there is a good chance that will work, as planted tanks always provide lots of places to hide.

2) It mainly means that if you are trying to breed them, you will need some special water. If you get some that have been kept in similar water to what you will have, there is a good chance that you can keep them just fine. The water in my tanks is rather hard, but I am keeping Cardinals, Glolights, Black Neons, Harlequins, Pencils and such "soft water fish" with no problems. They just won't breed or eggs won't hatch.
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1) gotcha

2) mostly i was concerned about wild caught, crazy trip to my LFS to buy them. Fish that can be breed in captivity I figured on buying in the swap room, and would feel a lot more comfortable about health and disease. Or am I being to cautious?
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