German Blue Ram - Planted Tank Mates

German Blue Ram

2.5″ | Single | 20 gal

PH 6.5 – 7.5 | Peaceful

Aphyocharax anisitsi

Characteristics:

Max Size: 2.5″

Care Level: Intermediate

Behavior: Peaceful

Dwelling: Middle of tank

Diet: Omnivore

Water Movement: Slow Moving

Parameters

Temperature: 78° – 85°

PH: 6.5 – 7.5

dGH: 6 – 14

dKH: 3 – 7

Tank Size: 20 gal

Grouping: Single

Tank Mates

Most nano fish and peaceful dwarf cichlids including but not limited to:  Cherry Barbs, Tetras, Rasboras, Danios, Hatchetfish, Mollies, Dwarf Gourami, Guppies, Plecos, Dwarf Corydoras, Loaches, Otocinclus

Notes

German Blue Rams are popular for their super vibrant colors.  They’re a smaller and peaceful cichlid, but require tight water parameters and need a lot of space when housing more than one.

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ImageGerman blue ram fish (Mikrogeophagus ramirezi).Bosemani rainbowfish (Melanotaenia boesemani).Harlequin rasbora fish (Trigonostigma heteromorph).Ember tetra fish (Hyphessobrycon amandae).Black neon tetra fish (Hyphessobrycon herbertaxelrodi).Red rainbowfish (Glossolepis incisus).
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Description

2.5" | Single | 20 gal

PH 6.5 - 7.5 | Peaceful

4" | 6 or more | 30 gal

PH 7 - 8 | Peaceful

2" | 6 or more | 10 gal

PH 6-7.2 | Peaceful

1" | 6 or more | 5 gal

PH 6-7.5 | Peaceful

1.5" | 6 or more | 10 gal

PH 6-7.5 | Peaceful

5" | 6 or more | 30 gal

PH 7 - 8 | Peaceful

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Aphyocharax anisitsi

Characteristics:

Max Size: 2.5″

Care Level: Intermediate

Behavior: Peaceful

Dwelling: Middle of tank

Diet: Omnivore

Water Movement: Slow Moving

Parameters

Temperature: 78° – 85°

PH: 6.5 – 7.5

dGH: 6 – 14

dKH: 3 – 7

Tank Size: 20 gal

Grouping: Single

Tank Mates

Most nano fish and peaceful dwarf cichlids including but not limited to:  Cherry Barbs, Tetras, Rasboras, Danios, Hatchetfish, Mollies, Dwarf Gourami, Guppies, Plecos, Dwarf Corydoras, Loaches, Otocinclus

Notes

German Blue Rams are popular for their super vibrant colors.  They're a smaller and peaceful cichlid, but require tight water parameters and need a lot of space when housing more than one.

Melanotaenia boesemani

Characteristics:

Max Size: 4″

Care Level: Intermediate

Behavior: Peaceful

Dwelling: Middle of tank

Diet: Omnivore

Water Movement: Slow Moving

Parameters

Temperature: 75° – 82°

PH: 7 – 8

dGH: 8 – 20

dKH: 3 – 7

Tank Size: 30 gal

Grouping: 6

Tank Mates

 Cherry Barbs, Tetras, Rasboras, Danios, Dwarf Gouramis, Hatchetfish, Mollies, Guppies, Plecos, Dwarf Corydoras, Loaches, Otocinclus and even Dwarf Shrimp.

Notes

Although larger in size, Boesemani Rainbowfish are peaceful middle dwellers with small mouths.  They do well in a community with many nano fish including cherry barbs.  Minimize plant and decoration density and aim for 48" long tank to give them ample swimming space.

Trigonostigma heteromorpha

Characteristics:

Max Size: 2″

Care Level: Easy

Behavior: Peaceful

Dwelling: Middle of tank

Diet: Omnivore

Water Movement: Slow Moving

Parameters

Temperature: 72 – 82

PH: 6 - 7.2

dGH: 3 – 6

dKH: 4 – 8

Tank Size: 10 gal

Grouping: 6 or more

Tank Mates

Tetras, Rasboras, Danios, Hatchetfish, Mollies, Dwarf Gourami, Angelfish, Guppies, Loaches and Otocinclus

Notes

Avoid aggressive or territorial species or large fish with big mouths.

Hyphessobrycon amandae

Characteristics:

Max Size: 1″

Care Level: Easy

Behavior: Peaceful

Dwelling: Middle to Top

Diet: Omnivore

Water Movement: Slow Moving

Parameters

Temperature: 68° – 75°

PH: 6 – 7.5

dGH: 4 – 8

dKH: 3 – 7

Tank Size: 5 gal

Grouping: 6 or more

Tank Mates

Tetras, Rasboras, Danios, Hatchetfish, Mollies, Dwarf Gourami, Angelfish, Guppies, Loaches, Otocinclus, dwarf shrimp and snails

Notes

Ember Tetras are very active and social beginner fish.  They schoal in large groups and can tolerate both acidic and low alkaline water conditions. Compare to Neon Tetras, they're smaller in comparison, approximately 1” max.  You’ll find them in almost every local fish store including commercial big box retailers.  You can keep a small community in a 5 gallon tank, but push for 10 or more to see their active behavior. Avoid aggressive or territorial species or large fish with big mouths.

Hyphessobrycon herbertaxelrodi

Characteristics:

Max Size: 1.5″

Care Level: Easy

Behavior: Peaceful

Dwelling: Middle to Top

Diet: Omnivore

Water Movement: Slow Moving

Parameters

Temperature: 68° – 75°

PH: 6 – 7.5

dGH: 4 – 8

dKH: 3 – 7

Tank Size: 10 gal

Grouping: 6 or more

Tank Mates

Tetras, Rasboras, Danios, Hatchetfish, Mollies, Dwarf Gourami, Angelfish, Guppies, Loaches, Otocinclus, dwarf shrimp and snails

Notes

Black Neon Tetras are slightly larger than Neon Tetras and are great beginner fish.  The reason is because they can tolerate both acidic and low alkaline water conditions. This makes them hardier than Cardinal Tetras and a bit easier to keep.  General rule is 2 gallons per fish. 10 Gallon tank at a minimum, but push for 20 or more for healthy and happy fish. Avoid aggressive or territorial species or large fish with big mouths.  Black Neon Tetras are generally more confident and you'll find them swimming near the top than hiding.

Glossolepis incisus

Characteristics:

Max Size: 5″

Care Level: Intermediate

Behavior: Peaceful

Dwelling: Middle of tank

Diet: Omnivore

Water Movement: Slow Moving

Parameters

Temperature: 75° – 82°

PH: 7 – 8

dGH: 8 – 20

dKH: 3 – 7

Tank Size: 30 gal

Grouping: 6

Tank Mates

 Cherry Barbs, Tetras, Rasboras, Danios, Dwarf Gouramis, Hatchetfish, Mollies, Guppies, Plecos, Dwarf Corydoras, Loaches, Otocinclus and even Dwarf Shrimp.

Notes

Also known as New Guinea Rainbowfish, Red Rainbowfish are larger than the Boesemani and require hard water parameters.  They do well in a community with many nano fish including cherry barbs.  Minimize plant and decoration density and aim for 48" long tank to give them ample swimming space.

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