Bright Big Centerpiece Fish?

  1. oOturquoiseOo

    oOturquoiseOo Well Known Member Member

    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 :'(
     
  2. Sarah73

    Sarah73 Fishlore VIP Member

    Kribensis? You wanna add more mid dwellers?
     
  3. Thunder_o_b

    Thunder_o_b Fishlore VIP Member

    A male pearl would be nice.
     




  4. Sarah73

    Sarah73 Fishlore VIP Member

    The op said no gourami.
     
  5. D

    DutchAquarium Well Known Member Member

    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.
     
  6. Thunder_o_b

    Thunder_o_b Fishlore VIP Member

    Yeah, reading is one of my skills.......
     
  7. Sarah73

    Sarah73 Fishlore VIP Member

    can tell lmao
    edit: would you think about discus?
     
  8. OP
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    oOturquoiseOo

    oOturquoiseOo Well Known Member Member

    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.
     
  9. Sarah73

    Sarah73 Fishlore VIP Member

    how about keyhole cichlids? a pair or a paradisefish maybe?
     
  10. OP
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    oOturquoiseOo

    oOturquoiseOo Well Known Member Member

    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. :(
     
  11. Sarah73

    Sarah73 Fishlore VIP Member

    yeah, they get...too big and aggressive. Also maybe add at least one more rainbow?
     
  12. OP
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    oOturquoiseOo

    oOturquoiseOo Well Known Member Member

  13. OP
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    oOturquoiseOo

    oOturquoiseOo Well Known Member Member

    I can add a few more rainbows
     
  14. Sarah73

    Sarah73 Fishlore VIP Member

    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.
     
  15. OP
    OP
    oOturquoiseOo

    oOturquoiseOo Well Known Member Member

    A pearl gourami would be really nice....

    How about 1 more rainbow and 15-20 cardinals/neons?
     
  16. Sarah73

    Sarah73 Fishlore VIP Member

    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)
     
  17. OP
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    oOturquoiseOo

    oOturquoiseOo Well Known Member Member

    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.
     
  18. Sarah73

    Sarah73 Fishlore VIP Member

    I would say try again. You may have gotten the wrong gourami or a bad genetic gourami. and anytime!
     
  19. OP
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    oOturquoiseOo

    oOturquoiseOo Well Known Member Member

    I think I will! I really loved him and was so sad when he died.

    Yay! Excited to have a plan again.
     
  20. Sarah73

    Sarah73 Fishlore VIP Member

    Good luck!