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1 Electric Blue Ram, 8 Harlequin(or espei rasbora), 4 Amano shrimps, 4 Otos 9 52.94%
16-20 CPDs, Cherry red shrimps, 2 Amanos, 4 Otos 8 47.06%
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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 06-06-2014, 03:47 PM Thread Starter
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Help stock my tank

Hey guys need help stocking my 17 g and wanted everyone's opinion.

The tank is a 60P 17g 24x12x14
Heavily planted with eheim 2215 filter.

Option 1:1 Electric Blue Ram, 8 Harlequin(or espei rasbora), 4 Amano shrimps, 4 Otos


Option 2: 16-20 CPDs, Cherry red shrimps, 2 Amanos, 4 Otos



Of the two, which do you like better?
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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 06-06-2014, 03:53 PM
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I love electric blue rams, so I'd go with option 1 personally (and opt for the espeis - they're so little and cute and really color up well in the home aquarium, fish store tanks don't do them any justice!)
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I'm no expert, but your fish and shrimp combos look like they could lead to shrimp being on the dinner menu.
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Seconding the espeis, they are fantasic
I had them in my planted tank and they were some of the prettiest fish ive seen
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post #5 of 8 (permalink) Old 06-07-2014, 03:56 AM
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Electric Blue Ram. Great little fish. A male from one of my breeding pairs. He is about 1 1/2. And I keep shrimp in every tank with dwarf cichlids and once and awhile they'll make a meal out of them but they're fine for the most part.
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As long as the amanos are big enough, the rams won't touch them.
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post #7 of 8 (permalink) Old 06-07-2014, 09:23 AM
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why just 1

why just 1 ram
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Even for a lot of the smaller shrimp, the Rams won't eat them. It's only on occasion that they actually make a meal out of them. At first they will definitely check them out and nip at them and chase them around but the novelty wears off really quickly and within a couple days the Ram's will be used to them being there and you'll even see shrimp out cleaning with Ram's swimming around not even bothering them.
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