Centerpiece Suggestions For 50 gallon?

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My husband and I have been slowly setting up a 50 gallon (tall) peaceful community tank. All we have in there now is some anubias nana, 5 Julii Cories, a female red BN Pleco, and 6 Nerite Snails, and some Malaysian driftwood (for Red). We will be adding some more mid and background plants, and some more driftwood to finish off the aquascaping. I'm looking at adding a couple schooling fish (rummies and/or cardinals). I'm mainly looking for centerpiece suggestions, but am interested in any suggestions you guys may have for our tank. =]
 

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Thanks for the reply! I've heard mixed opinions about keeping Angels with tetra. You dont think they would be a bit nippy to the angel's lovely fins?
 

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I think if you have the right amount of schooling it should be fine. I have lemon tetras with my angel and they don't bother it. However as the angel gets bigger it might start picking on the others. It's a roll of a dice type of deal.
 
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Thanks! I appreciate the feedback. As far as it being a roll of the dice, however, I'd prefer not to take a chance with my fishies. Any suggestions for something more community safe?
 

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Most community fish like tetras will be fine as long as you keep a good amount.
 

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Thanks for the ideas everyone. Been looking into Angelfish since you guys suggested them.

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I think you could add a pair of pearl gourami.
Pearl Gouramis were one that I was already considering! Glad to hear you think they could work well in my tank.
 

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This is our 44. 2 gold rams, 1 large angel, sword tail and others.
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add some guppys!
 

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Thunder_o_b said:
This is our 44. 2 gold rams, 1 large angel, sword tail and others.
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Gorgeous tank!!!
 

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What a gorgeous tank, Thunder!

phantom said:
add some guppys!
I had thought about guppies as well. I'm not set on an angel, or anything else. I have even considered something like a group or guppies, or platies/swordtails or even a school of congo tetras in place of a centerpiece fish. I'm completely undecided, so I'm open to any and all suggestions!
 

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If you get cardinals, pearls, rummynose, or an angel, keep in mind that you would need to return the julii cories because they like cooler temps. So does the BN. You would have to chose to have a cooler temp tank in the low 70s, or a warmer tank 78+.
 
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Abby565 said:
If you get cardinals, pearls, rummynose, or an angel, keep in mind that you would need to return the julii cories because they like cooler temps. So does the BN. You would have to chose to have a cooler temp tank in the low 70s, or a warmer tank 78+.
I could be wrong, but from my understanding they all have fairly similar temperature ranges. Julii Cories (77F-82F)
Angel, Cardinals (75F-86F)
Rummies (73F-78F)
Pearl (75F-82F)

We've had our Julii's and BN Pleco at 75F-76F for about 6 months now, though, and they have been very healthy/active.
 

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Julli actually prefer low 70s and BN like no higher then 77 or so. Rummies, cardinals, angels, and pearls like no lower then 77.
 

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BN can handle higher temps just fine.

Maybe look into moonlight gouramis, or snakeskin gouramis. A small shoal of honey gourami? Maybe a pair of rams - like bolivians - or apistos....

A kilifish pair? Peacock gudgeon maybe?
 
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aussieJJDude said:
BN can handle higher temps just fine.

Maybe look into moonlight gouramis, or snakeskin gouramis. A small shoal of honey gourami? Maybe a pair of rams - like bolivians - or apistos....

A kilifish pair? Peacock gudgeon maybe?
I love sooo many of those suggestions. I was concerned about rams and apistos because they are bottom dwellers. Kribs were another one I was looking at, but was concerned for the same reason. I dont want anything to mess with my cories! Anyone have experience mixing any of those fish with cories?

Killifish and peacock Gudgeons are great ideas! Thank you!
 
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