Bright Big Centerpiece Fish?

oOturquoiseOo

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My beautiful angel had a horrible accident and died. He somehow got himself wedged into a small hole in a piece of driftwood and I don't know how long he was struggling in there. He got stuck some time after lights out and we found him as soon as the lights came on the next day.

I am looking for a bright, big centre piece fish.

Current inhabitants:

5 rainbow fish (Bosemani)
1 pleco
7 kuhli loaches
2 nerite snails

60 gallon, heavily planted, fluval 306 (I think?) 78F

What do you all suggest?

No gourami please No angelfish either :'(
 

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Discus are nice. You can get 2 inchers off aquabid for good prices normally. they also aren't as hard to keep as everyone says. I've kept and bred them for years in 7.6 ph water so softness doesn't need to be specific.
 
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Thank you all

Unfortunately I had a beautiful pearl gourami that died from iridovirus (sp.?) and I'm scared to get anymore

I thought kribs were smallish

I think discus are so pretty but I'm worried about them and swimming area in my tank. It's pretty heavily planted.

I forgot to mention, the pH is ~7.8

The tank just looks so empty.

Do I want one fish that is big or do I want a shoal of smaller but bright fish? I need some more colour in there. The rainbows are so iridescent and pretty but they just don't stand out.
 
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I was looking into keyhole cichlids before. I should check into them. Thanks!

I love the look of threadfin acaras but I don't think one would work.
 

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oOturquoiseOo said:
I was looking into keyhole cichlids before. I should check into them. Thanks!

I love the look of threadfin acaras but I don't think one would work.
yeah, they get...too big and aggressive. Also maybe add at least one more rainbow?
 

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oOturquoiseOo said:
How about a blue moori dolphin cichlid?
Not a good idea at all. The males get aggressive during breeding season. They should be in a species only tank...Have you looked at keyholes? It's hard to help when you say no to gourami's and angels.
 
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A pearl gourami would be really nice....

How about 1 more rainbow and 15-20 cardinals/neons?
 

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oOturquoiseOo said:
A pearl gourami would be really nice....

How about 1 more rainbow and 15-20 cardinals/neons?
yes it would be great, but you said no gourami's. Pearl's are big and very peaceful. how about
2 more rainbows
1 peral gourami
6-10 cardinals (cardinals are more hardy)
 
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I know I said no gourami but maybe I'm being irrationally nervous about the virus.

I prefer cardinals to neons anyway.

Thank you

I'll see what my lfs can do.
 

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I would say try again. You may have gotten the wrong gourami or a bad genetic gourami. and anytime!
 
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I think I will! I really loved him and was so sad when he died.

Yay! Excited to have a plan again.
 
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