Centerpiece Fish ideas

Discussion in 'Aquarium Stocking Questions' started by AllAboutTheBay, Jun 21, 2016.

  1. AllAboutTheBayValued MemberMember


    I'm new to fish keeping. I have two betta tanks already, and will soon be getting a 29g aquarium that I will set up as a planted, freshwater community tank. I've still trying to decide how to stock it once I get it set up (planted, cycled, etc...) I'm pretty set on getting the following:

    6 - panda corys
    12 - cardinal tetras
    1 or 2 - TBD centerpiece fish

    I'm not sure what to do about a centerpiece fish. I LOVE the look of the opaline gourami, but I've been reading that they are too big and/or too aggressive for this set up. Thoughts? Does anyone have suggestions on another centerpiece fish?
    I would like a larger fish (4-5 in) and colorful (blue is my favorite color so bonus points for that) and does well in a community.
  2. :) fatcatfish (:

    :) fatcatfish (:Well Known MemberMember

    Electric blue rams!
  3. bizaliz3

    bizaliz3Fishlore LegendMember

  4. Charles556

    Charles556Valued MemberMember

    +1 to Angelfish. If you can find a "super red" koi angelfish, that'd make a great centerpiece. However, if you prefer the color blue, there are also "German Blue" angelfish as well. You'd just have to swap out the pandas for Corydoras sterbai or aeneus.
  5. OP

    AllAboutTheBayValued MemberMember

    Would the angelfish or the rams go after the tetras? (Also, I would be able to use bandits instead of pandas too. I like the black/white look and I think they have higher temps requirements)
  6. Aquatica88Valued MemberMember

    A powder blue dwarf gourami? Those wouldn't get too large.
  7. Graphix

    GraphixWell Known MemberMember

    It's a common match up and plenty of people have had this sort of set up before without issues. I don't think angels or rams would kill the tetras, nothing more that chasing them off.
  8. Daniel W

    Daniel WValued MemberMember

    Possibly a pair of honey gouramis?
  9. OP

    AllAboutTheBayValued MemberMember

    Thanks for the suggestions. I was looking through some user's tanks for some more combinations as well and came up with another variation:

    - 6 Corys (Julii, Sterbai, or Bandit)
    Didn't realize pandas do better in cooler waters.

    - 2 Bolivian Rams

    - 1 Dwarf Gourami

    - 12 Cardinal Tetras -OR- 8 Green Tiger Barbs.

  10. Daniel W

    Daniel WValued MemberMember

    Don't try for the tiger barbs. They will bully and nip your cories.
  11. :) fatcatfish (:

    :) fatcatfish (:Well Known MemberMember

    I agree with Daniel W tiger barbs are incredibly feisty things and IMO best kept with other barbs or tough cichlids who can hold their own.
  12. Aquatica88Valued MemberMember

    I have no personal experience with them, but anecdotal evidence I've heard from others has led me to believe that tiger barbs do best in a species-only tank with a large school of them - that way nobody else gets bullied and they keep themselves busy.
  13. OP

    AllAboutTheBayValued MemberMember

    Alright, to Tiger Barbs are definitely out. If I go with the cardinals instead and the rest of my list, will the tank be overstocked?
  14. tyguy7760

    tyguy7760Fishlore VIPMember

    I think that would be fine. I'd even say you could probably bump the cories up to about 8

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