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Old 12-18-2004, 01:04 PM   #1
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Can anyone tell me what a good group of South American Fish would be to put in my 33 Gallon, they should all be compatible.
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Old 12-18-2004, 01:49 PM   #2
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It really depends on what you like, but a lot of the 'standard' community fish, such as tetras, Corydoras catfish, and a number of the smaller livebearers are Central-South American.
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Old 12-18-2004, 01:51 PM   #3
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a big green or gold severum would probly work well
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Your choice might be based on your water, ph and hardness. Most central american fisf like harder water and higher ph. South american, amazon fish, like soft water and lower ph. It is easier to get fish that suit your water than try to make your water suit the fish. If you have softer water, south american dwarf cichlids are nice and get along well with most other fish. I just got 4 bolivian rams and they are great. They are hardier than german blue rams and would do well with tetras and angels.
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Is there a way to change the pH in the water? Sorry I'm not experienced with these type of things.
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what is your pH at currently? there's a multitude of acid and alkaline buffers available from LFS's. Just be careful when using them or you can accidently crash your pH. You can also get Blackwater Extracts and Amazon Rain to help with hardness.
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First, let's establish the current pH. Set out a glass of tap water over night and test the pH in the morning.
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I would not keep a severum in a 33 gallon tank, at least not as a permanent home. They can get as big as 10-12 inches and it doesn't seem like enough room for them. Convicts and firemouths are smaller and would do ok in there, but you would have to watch out for aggression. I keep a con, a sev and a FM in a 55 gallon tank and they get along all right, but I think if I had a pair of any of these it would be trouble.
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