Need That Signature Fish Or "fishes"

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I finally have the 55 all set up how I want it to look after 2 months of shifting things around and stocking with the plants I like.
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Now Im just missing that 1 or 2 fish that will cap off the tank. I think the tank needs that signature top or mid swimmer, I was leaning towards angels but im not sure there is too much current for them. I dont know what that right fish is yet so im looking for help, ideas, suggestions etc...

There are currently 14 fish in the tank, all small community fish: Some danios, swords, corys, fox and a gourami named Gus.

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Here are a couple photos of the tank for inspiration. I will also mention whatever that fish will be will have to play nice with my albino rainbow that patrols the depths!
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So lets hear some suggestions, im undecided! Also the water tends to be on the harder side of the spectrum.

Thanks everyone!
 

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In my opinion you already have two showpiece fish in that tank. I wouldn’t want to detract from the rainbow shark or gourami anymore. Personally I’d just add some more of the danios and/or cories
 
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I was going to suggest a Pearl Gourami but it looks like you already have a sunburst gourami? I'mstumped as to what other centerpiece would go in your tank sorry. Looks great BTW!
Edit: How about a couple swordtails?
There are 2 female swords in there currently and they are good looking fish, im just not a big fan of the "bio load" that comes with them
 
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In my opinion you already have two showpiece fish in that tank. I wouldn’t want to detract from the rainbow shark or gourami anymore. Personally I’d just add some more of the danios and/or cories
I do agree, where I think its missing is the top of the tank. Both the shark and Gus like to hang around the bottom portions of the tank most of the time.
 

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I'd personally throw in 12-15 Siamese Algae Eaters. It's something different from the usual school of tetras and danios. Plus, they get a bit larger.
 

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There are 2 female swords in there currently and they are good looking fish, im just not a big fan of the "bio load" that comes with them
I'd personally throw in 12-15 Siamese Algae Eaters. It's something different from the usual school of tetras and danios. Plus, they get a bit larger.
. That’s an interesting suggestion Scarface. You’d have to be spot on with filtration and maintenance to support the numbers you suggested. That would look really cool though! Again though I think that’d detract from the showpiece fish.
 

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I think adding a few more danios, as well as getting a group of rasboras (like harlequins), tetras (lemons, black widow, tummies, bloodfins, black neons, penguins, Colombian) or rainbows (dwarf neons, blue eyes ect) would look good. Say a group of 8-10 of a single species.
 
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I'd personally throw in 12-15 Siamese Algae Eaters. It's something different from the usual school of tetras and danios. Plus, they get a bit larger.
Interesting idea, i dont think I can effectively take on that amount of fish though and keep the system running clean. I would be doing the fish a disservice by adding so many
 

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Bolivian rams ..A nice mellow pair and call it good ..
I do like the SAE idea and don't think it over load the tank honestly ...
Tanks looks great by the way !
 

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Not doubting your stocking suggestion @scarface but 12-15 SAE that can potentially get to 4-6" that really seems like a lot. I would definitely add a few in there without a doubt. I like the Bolivian ram idea. I have 2 SAE in my heavily planted 55 and one is the size of a small submarine 4-5" . With 12-15 you can guarantee to never see any BBA thats a 100% fact!! Also if you go with that many and decide to feed them algae wafers it might also be a good idea to buy stocks in the brand you get cause they will be going through them quickly if their anything like my 2
 
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Bolivian rams ..A nice mellow pair and call it good ..
I do like the SAE idea and don't think it over load the tank honestly ...
Tanks looks great by the way !
I would need to do some research on Bolivian rams, I had a german blue but he did not last very long as I dont think my tank was set up for him correctly and i didnt do the homework I should have. Im guessing these rams would be similar in water temp needs? I dont run my tank at 82+ so im not sure these would be a fit??
 

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Bolivian Rams, as mentioned. I have kept and breed a few hundred @ 77-78. A "Great" community tank inhabitant. Another option 6 Black Skirt Tetras.
Good Luck on your choice.
 

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You can keep Bolivians at 76-78F. My understanding is they're not near as sensitive as GBR's and are actually pretty hardy. The two I have are really mellow too. They don't seem to pay any attention to the other fish I have.
 
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