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Came across some hongsloi in my LFS and I'm instantly hooked.
Need to know all about them.
Currently my plan is to keep a group of 4-5 but I'm not sure how males will fare with each other. Another option is to pair them up with some bolivian rams.

Tank size hasn't been decided yet but they'll be temporarily stored in a 40 gallon and I'll be open to anything under 90 gallons for their next tank as it will be a planted community tank with them as the centerpiece.

However, I'm having trouble planning out the rest of the tank. I'm hearing mixed reports of temperature such as keeping them 80+ as thats the "natural temp" or around 75 to lengthen their lifespan. Because I want other fish that would thrive at their temperature, I have been at a roadblock in this regard. I think they only live in a restricted area in the wild so I'm not sure if there are schooling fish they are sympatric with.

Also, I'd assume I can't do bottom feeders. This is primarily a community tank and I have smaller tanks for rearing fry, but when they get their breeding aggression, I've read they will poke eyes out of cories so I don't think cories + apisto will be doable. Are there any bottom feeders that are doable?
 

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Males will attack similar sized colorful fish. Or any fish that will come near his territory. I didn't try rams but I wouldn't go with them.
Provide lots of shelter, including 4 corners. Breaking line of sight is key to keeping fish alive from aggression.

Before laying eggs males will bully female. Not that badly but sometimes it can get too much. Especially in small tanks. Yours are big enough I think.
After laying eggs female will attack any fish that will come close to the eggs, including males. Might need separation.

As you already know they are bottom dwellers. No corys. I assume other bottom feeders are similar.
Small top-dwelling schooling tetras should be fine. They care more about their species..or very flashy similar sized ones.


For temps both are fine. To be honest 75 and 80 are not that far off so its whatever really....
They are obviously ectotherm, and their metabolic rate depends heavily to temperatures.
Higher temps, faster metabolism, faster growth, shorter lifespan.
Lower temps, slower metabolism, slower growths, longer lifespan.
 
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