35 Gallon Stocking Ideas: Centerpiece Fish?

sidboy1234

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Hi, I recently got a free 35 gallon tank that I'm thinking of planting sparsely and using sand substrate. I'm thinking of getting a bunch of fancy guppies, since I heard they're hardy, and one centerpiece fish.

I want something that's 4+ inches, like a cichlid, but doesn't attack the smaller fish. Any ideas?
(Someone suggested a blood parrot, but the idea of that hybrid doesn't seem right to me)
 

Crispii

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How about a keyhole cichlid? I believe they would do well with adult guppies.
 
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sidboy1234

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Also i'd love something witha little more color, but isn't too hard to take care of.
 

Crispii

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What about gouramis? Are you interested in them?
 
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sidboy1234

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Crispii said:
How about a keyhole cichlid? I believe they would do well with adult guppies.
that seems like a good idea, but I don't think id be able to find them anywhere
Crispii said:
What about gouramis? Are you interested in them?
sure! are there any bigger ones that are easy to take care of
 

Crispii

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sidboy1234 said:
that seems like a good idea, but I don't think id be able to find them anywhere

sure! are there any bigger ones that are easy to take care of
Have a look at pearl gouramis.

 

Noroomforshoe

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The most colorfull gouramI is a dwarf gourami. it has the attitude of a larger gourami. It is a good size for your tank,
You could get a gold, a 3 spot or opeline gourami, slightly bigger, not any more aggressive. still the right size
Pearl gouramI are some of the most beautiful fish available. and much more peaceful then other gourami, and slightly larger then the three I just listed. I would be concerned that guppies would stress it out, and mayeven nip its fins and barbles.
 

Robes

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I would second a pearl gourami, when I upgrade my 29 (currently guppy community) to a 55 I have sitting on my porch I plan on getting a pearl gouramI for it.
 

Anders247

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You could do both a gouramI and a cichlid, they occupy different regions of the tank and every time I have done a community I like having at least one of those two species of fish in there.

I'd suggest looking at a thick-lipped gouramI or banded gouramI for the top and a rainbow cichlid for the bottom, both species are peaceful.
 

kallililly1973

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I have a male pearl gouramI in a 55 with guppies, Sepaes, otto cats , Plecos and a bunch of ramshorns. Super personality and definitely knows when the lights come on its feeding time and think it would make an amazing centerpiece for your tank
 
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