Centerpiece fish for my 40 gallon tank?

Discussion in 'Aquarium Stocking Questions' started by NotLucy, Jul 8, 2015.

  1. NotLucy

    NotLucyNew MemberMember

    Hi everyone!
    I've had my second tank running for about three months now and it's been doing great. It's a 160 liter tank (~42 gallons) and right now I have 10 red eye tetras and 10-11 peppered cories (one of them is just a few weeks old so I'm not sure whether or not I'll be able to keep it alive). The tank is planted, but not very heavily. The length is 100 centimeters (~40 inches), depth and height are both 40 centimeters (~16 inches)

    Here's where I need your help: although I absolutely love to watch my cories and tetras, I really want to get one or two "centerpiece" fish, preferably ones that are more colorful.

    Here's some options that I've been considering:
    1 angelfish
    1-2 kribensis cichlids
    1-2 pearl gourami (or other gouramies?)
    1-2 yellow labidochromis

    If you have another suggestion, please let me know! And of course, let me know whether some of my suggestions wouldn't work out.

    Thanks in advance!
    Last edited: Jul 8, 2015
  2. tyguy7760

    tyguy7760Fishlore VIPMember

    Probably the most colorful that come to mind are the dwarf gourami/sunset thicklip gourami/honey gourami. Pearl Gourami's would be fine too.

    There may be some cichlids out there that might work but I'm not a cichlid expert and since the peppered cories are a low temp cory I know the German Blue Ram's are out. Bolivian Rams may work but they aren't as colorful and you are looking for color.

    I've heard kribs are good community fish but having no experience with them I'll defer to others with more. And there are plenty of angelfish people in this forum so they should be able to help out. Anders247
    Last edited: Jul 8, 2015
  3. Dom90

    Dom90Fishlore VIPMember

    The labis won't work, they require an entirely different pH than your current fish, they are from Lake Malawi.
    I would recommend the kribs, peaceful and easygoing. I have two in my 75.

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  4. JeffK

    JeffKWell Known MemberMember

    A pair of apistogramma borellii would do well in cooler temps.
  5. Dom90

    Dom90Fishlore VIPMember

    Good luck trying to get them though, they're pretty rare.
  6. JeffK

    JeffKWell Known MemberMember

    True - they'd most likely have to be ordered from eBay or aquabid.
  7. OP

    NotLucyNew MemberMember

    do you think other types of apistogrammas would work?
  8. Dom90

    Dom90Fishlore VIPMember

    Yes, try Apistogramma Agassizi (I have one in my 75), Apistogramma Cacatuoides, or like I said, Kribensis work and they're cute!
  9. OP

    NotLucyNew MemberMember

    Thank you all very much for your advice! I think I might just go for some Kribensis, they're so pretty (and don't seem too difficult, hehe) :)
  10. Dom90

    Dom90Fishlore VIPMember

    They're not, I have two of them in my 75g and they're very colorful. Kribensis are generally peaceful and easygoing fish that do well in community environments.
  11. DoubleDutch

    DoubleDutchFishlore LegendMember

    Laetacara Dorsigera ?
  12. Dom90

    Dom90Fishlore VIPMember

    Good luck getting one of those too.

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  13. Anders247

    Anders247Fishlore LegendMember

    Welcome to fishlore!
    No rams would work, neither bolivian nor german.
    The yellow labs are mbuna and too aggressive to be in a community tank.