Hey guys, so two days ago I just picked up a mated pair of German Blue Rams. I am so freaking happy and I'm already in love with their behavior and personalities! I was really worried that they wouldn't adapt well as I've read that they're so finicky when it comes to parameters, stress, etc..
I'm happy because today is day two and theyve already come out of hiding and actually eaten some flake food from my hand. I guess I must be doing something right!
So here are my questions.. What is a good temperature compromise for my community tank. I am currently housing about 13 cardinal tetras, 2 guppies and now the rams. I have the temperature set to 78 but I've read that they are much happier around 80 or above. I would like them to breed as I think that will be really cool. Should I keep it at 78? Should I bring it up to 80?
I'm pumping DIY CO2 (only a little, just a Hagen with DIY mix) and my pH hangs around 7.6. I was thinking about lowering that as well since I've read they like softer water. Although I don't know a solid way to lower pH without adding AS or changing sub...
I also feel like I could just leave the parameters where they are as they seem very active already..
Thanks for any input!