300 litre tank, dwarf cichlids stocking advice

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Hi,

I have just ordered a new 300 litre aquarium and am trying to come up with a suitable stocking plan. I am hoping to keep a keep a few pairs of dwarf cichlids, a couple of shoals of tetras (possibly including Congo tetras), a plec, and maybe some corys. The footprint of the tank is 115cm x 50cm - how many pairs of dwarf cichlids is this suitable for? I was hoping to get 2x apistogramma of some kind, 2x German blue rams and possibly 2x keyhole cichlids. Would this work?
My local tap water is unfortunately quite hard, but in my current 100L set up (which has a lot of bog wood) things are slightly better (and I have a GN Plec which appears to be thriving). My current conditions are:

GH 140
KH 160
pH 6.8

My new tank will have sand substrate, lots of bog wood, some dragon stone and reasonably heavy planting.

Any advice on numbers of dwarf cichlids, which species to go for/avoid, and suitable tankmates would be much appreciated!

Thanks,

Neil
 

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Oooo this sounds interesting! Your water sounds like its going to be good for them.

I'd avoid the blue rams as they really need the tank to be based around them rather than added as a mix. Mixing pairs can be tricky because you never know what will happen when they breed and in your water you will get eggs at some point.

I think I would recommend either doing a hareem of Apistos and go for something like Panduro or Nisjeni so you get the colourful females or 2-3 pairs of dwarf pairing fish like Keyholes, Nannacara, Laetacara etc. You could also look at a group of gregarious cichlids like Cupids or Checkerboards.

The schools sound good but would the Congos be a bit too big with dwarfs? They could steal the show a little? I'd be tempted to keep it South American and go for a diverse mix of Characins with things like Splash Tetras, Spotted Headstanders and an interesting mid water tetra, maybe something smaller but in a big group like Green Neons, Platinums or Embers?

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Thanks for the advice- that’s extremely useful. Will probably give the blue rams a miss as I’d read elsewhere that they can be difficult. Would 1 male and 2 female apistogramma, pair of nannacara and pair of keyholes work?

My 7 year old son is desperate for an angelfish too (I’m less keen!). Would a single angelfish be okay with the dwarf cichlids?
 

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