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South American Biotope Tips And Ideas...

Hey Guys I am looking for tips and Ideas for my 55 gal SA Biotope.

Currently I have 2 Pieces of Grape vine that look like a tangled mass of roots. As well I have 2 pieces of small Maylasian Drift wood. I also have collected some large Flat black and granet stones for the tank. I am going to stock it with 8 bolivian Ram dwarf cichlids, 10 panda corries, a dozen or so neons, and a dozen or so Black neons possiably a couple of blue rams. I need help with the plant selection, as well as substraight selection. I am planning on java fern as well as some dwarf anibus, possiably pigmy swords.

Any advice is helpful, I am planing on about 3 watts a gallon with a preasureized Co2 system with in the next year.

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If you planning on doing a biotope you cant use Java Fern (Asia) or Dwarf Anubias (Africa). A biotope is supposed to be a close representation of a natural body of water. You could do the tank you describe with an assortment of swords, vals and stems. You could use Bacopa, Pennywort, some Ludwigia, Stargrass, Cabomba, etc. As for substrate, there are several options available such as Eco Complete, Flourite, ADA Aqua Soil, SMS, and I'm sure there are a couple I am forgetting about. I would choose between the Bolivian Rams, or the regular blue rams though. Im sure the bolivians would bully the blue rams being that the blue rams would be out numbered.


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look through my 75 gallon SA biotope i have about 35 species of SA plants and thier names.

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That's too many cichlids for a 55 gallon. In general, dwarf cichlids are rather peaceful, but they are still territorial, especially once they pair off. A good rule of thumb for most cichlids is to have at least 10 inches of space for each inch of total length for a pair. So a single pair of 2 inch Bolivian "rams" (M. altispinosa)should have at least 20 inches of space for their territory. Two pairs would be the max for a standard 55.
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i have never tried it, but i understand that grape vine is a horrible choice as aquarium driftwood--it is bound to rot and foul your water.
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