Has anyone housed a betta along with German ram ciclids f1 and wild caught. I have a stray Betta a in a 1/2 gallon tank. I want to put him in my 20l heavily planted with 1 wild caught female German ram and 5 of her nieces or nephews ( not big enough to be sexed yet). They are the same family so don't ask if they are from different places. Since wild caughts and f1 naturally hide when you enter the room I want to introduce my Betta as a centerpiece and a top swimmer.
Aquarium set up
Aquaclear 30 on lowest flow setting
I have a pet store rescue set--older and not breedable--that I have in my african tank. No probs at all. They actually help as, the africans are middle and bottom swimmers and the bettas stay at top. It helps keep the tank pristine. (I think they were siblings as, they are attached at the hip but never tried to breed).
Ok cool, I will try it out for a day or two. I just wanted a little feedback before I introduce him in their, btw my Betta is still a juvenile does that matter also. He's about
4 months to 5 months old he was a petco baby Betta rescue.
It really depends on the aggressiveness of the african cichlid. I don't have any rams but, I do have a few that are extremely territorial. But, since the bettas like to be around the top and, I have plenty of places for hiding in the cichlid tank (lots of caves, houses, seashells, etc), the territorial ones stay in those. The bettas like to set down on the plant box I have and, the cichlids like that piece. And, as I said, they tend to stay closer to the top most of the time and just swim around. They have done extremely well in there so, I hope the same goes for you. :)
Rams are extremely peaceful all of mine have never been the attacker. My baby tiger barbs attacked them and I felt terrible. Of course I moved them, but now I know. Your betta should be fine. Hopefully he'll be good to her/them since he's growing up with them. Good luck!
Age, I don't think matters with the petco fish. My female was definitely younger but, it seems these two were, either in with each other for a while or something. They were like best buddies so, I kept them together. The male went wild whenever he saw her and, I knew he was too old to breed so, I tried her in there. They swam, side by side and wiggled a lot. It was more like, "I am so happy to see you again", and not" Hi there, big fella". They still swim side by side in the big tank and seem to care for each other.
I cut a piece of tubing, and angled it so it would fit inside the baster. On the end, I cut it angled as well so I could just go close to things in the tank. If you do this, you can take out the waste easily, without disturbing the soil or the plants. I slowly go near the bottom and you will see, as you suck up water, the waste going into the tube. Just an idea, if you don't have a filter just yet.