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  1. Surina Nel

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    I'm upgrading my 3ft to a 4ft in December. I'm at a loss what to stock with.
    Current stock is as follows
    2 Bolivian rams
    6 Pepper cories
    2 German rams
    1 pleco
    6 danio
    2 betta (male and female[not fighting])
    2 apple snails

    Every one is living in harmony at this point. Yes the Bolivians acts like Bolivians and the Germansike they do but there's no major aggression. What can I add in that line when I get the 4ft?
    The danios will not be going into the 4ft though
     
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    Add a pair of Salvini cichlids, when they are done killing and eating everything else that tank should be just big enough for them

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    Just joking, a pair of Kribensis will work nicely in your setup give them a go.

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    Thanx that was the plan to go Kribensis. Can I add some silver dollars in that mix? I had two that I had to rehome cause they got to big for my tank
     
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    There. You answered your own question, they get to big you seem to be into the smaller species so rather look at the danios or white clouds.

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    I actually don't like the danios tetras and barbs. I love the cichlid types. I like the oscars and dollars. I just went with the rams as I could fit them in the 3ft nicely. I do t mind going bigger. The dollars was never aggressive to any of my fish, they just got to big for the 3ft tank
     
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    Let me ask this. If I keep only the Bolivians and cories can they go with some discus in the 4ft tank? If yes how many discus
     
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    Yes they can but discus are much more demanding than anything you have now and in the 4 ft I would suggest getting only one pair


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    I'll still think it over. I'm very tempted to get discus but also very scared. I'll scratch some more and see what else I see that I like. But I admit I'm verb tempted for the discus
     
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    Get the discus but try to get locally bred stock they seem to be a bit tougher than the Asian imports and German imports are sooo expensive but worth the price thoug

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    Discus are nice.
    They are more demanding than general tropicals. But there is a lot of hype out there.
    Not saying it's all rubbish, but you need to do a lot of research and filter out what can work for you, and what won't.

    Discus are social fish, and like to be in groups, especially when younger.
    I wouldn't go for less than 6.
    If you want to breed and dedicate a setup to that, a pair will be ok

    The important thing with them is to buy decent fish to start with, may be more expensive, but well worth it.

    @pHish_man and @Marco both breed and offer youngsters from time to time
    They are also both very knowledgable and happy to help and give advice.
     
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    I should also add, there are some fantastic Asian fish.
    Some members here recently got a Tan shipment. I understand they were expesinve, but they have done well.

    I had German Stendkers.
    They have a reputation for being more tolerant of harder water than Asian fish.
    They did well for me. Grew quickly on a beef heart and black worm diet.
    My main gripe with Stendkers is that there colour range is very limited compared to what's coming out of Asia.
    Stendker mass produces about 20 or so of the older colour forms.
     
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    Thanx for that info. So is it worth it to get like maybe 6 youngsters and raise them till I can see if some will pair of and keep a pair?
     
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    Thanx for that info. So is it worth it to get like maybe 6 youngsters and raise them till I can see if some will pair of and keep a pair?
     
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    Thanx for that info. So is it worth it to get like maybe 6 youngsters and raise them till I can see if some will pair of and keep a pair?
     
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    Thanx for that info. So is it worth it to get like maybe 6 youngsters and raise them till I can see if some will pair of and keep a pair?
     
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    If you want them for a show tank you keep them all !
    And then look to keep them with something that will thrive in similar water parameters. Soft water and higher temps. Some of the South American tetras are an option.
     
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    I agree with @Reedfish.... if you decide to do for discus have a good chat to @Marco..
    If you then still feel that its what you want, then go for it.. they are stunning
     
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    And in slightly bigger tank you can add cories and cardinals with discus

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    I've been debating this issue with myself for a very very long time and decided I'm gonna make the plunge and go with discus. I know they can't compare but my German rams are doing very well and I know they nitrate sensitive, so my water can't be too bad. Plus I do about 30%water changes weekly. But won't mind doing more often if necessary. I'll be moving into the 4ft in 2weeks time. So study time for me. Any tips and tricks to help me succeed in them is welcome
     
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