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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 08-23-2011, 04:45 AM Thread Starter
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Help with stocking a 26 gallon

Just got an acrylic 26 gal (36x12x16) and I'm wondering about the amount of fish I could put in it. I'm considering the following:

2 German Blue Rams
6+ Panda Cory Doras
a few guppies/endlers
maybe Cardinal/Neon Tetras
maybe some shrimp

Numbers are not exact, however I really want to have as many GBRs as I can, and a school of corys.

Side note: I've never had GBRs or any cichlids, any advice and all recommendations are welcome.
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Personally, i would keep it to 4 GBRs as they are very territorial and can get aggressive with each other. I would probably advise trying to get 2 males and 2 females. I would get a solid bunch of about 4-5 guppies, 6 Panda corys, and as many shrimp as you want. I would do either the guppies or the tetras, but doing both seems like a little much.

I personally have a GBR and i have had no problems keeping it except that he is picky and doesnt like to eat flake food, but he sure loves brine shrimp. He is very peaceful with my mollies. A great fish and i cant wait to get a female to join him

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4 sounds much better, I'll try my best to get 2 males/2 females. I won't likely won't get tetras, and maybe not even shrimp. Thanks!
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Adult rams eat shrimp. Really one pair would be best so they can have the tank in peace. you might check out cichlid-forum.com for more focused info on those guys.
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I recommend keeping just 2 rams, preferably a pair.
I had 2 males in a 29 and they were fine until a rescaped then one took over the tank.

I like tetras over guppies.

and as someone else said 6 cories is a good number.


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If you want shrimp, Amano shrimp should be fine. They can hold their own with some fish that would eat smaller fish. I used to have a trio with a breeding pair of kribensis until the male went into muderer mode and killed one of them as well as his mate. Just get some larger amano shrimp, they can be pretty boisterous, and should be fine with rams.

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yeah that sounds like agood amount of fish but like others said rams can be annoying, also amano shrimp are great but bamboo shrimp are aslo great, also guppies can be annoying if they breed too much but sometimes amanos will eat the dead fry which is a plus.
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Thanks. I'm still setting up the tank, and waiting for it to cycle. I might add a few guppies in this weekend.
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