New centerpiece fish for 20 gallon

Discussion in 'Freshwater Fish Forums' started by Dempsey Dude, Jul 5, 2014.

  1. Dempsey Dude

    Dempsey DudeWell Known MemberMember

    So I've had my 20 gallon up and running for over a year now, and I've gone through several different "line-ups" of fish, let us say, before I settled on one I really liked. Right now this tank houses 2 siamese algae eaters I've had for the longest time, very tough little critters, have survived 2 bouts of ich, love to graze on my hand and arm when it's in the tank rescaping or doing maintenance. Also in the tank are a small school of 5 neon tetras, which were pretty small when I bought them but are now getting quite big and absolutely flourishing, they never school they're always all over the tank so it seems they're quite comfortable. Finally, there are 4 female guppies who like nothing more than to stuff their faces. Their little bellies get so round after every feeding, it's hilarious.

    Now to my point: these are the fish I like and definitely want in this little community tank, but I am lost as to what to get for a centrepiece fish. I have tried several different fish, bettas (neons picked on them and nipped their fins), dwarf gourami (too aggressive toward other fish) laetacara curviceps (quite liked these but very hard to sex which was a problem for me), kribs (way too aggressive during breeding), and german blue rams. The GBR's have by far been my favourite in terms of both looks and temperament, but my LFS carries very weak stock GBR's and I've never been able to keep them alive for more than a couple months at a time before they wasted away to camallanus worms or some other internal parasite. I just lost my last male GBR and decided to forego buying any more of them because they have obvious problems.

    What I would like is any suggestions for a good centrepiece fish for this tank build. I love colourful fish, I would prefer something moderately peaceful, and I absolutely love cichlids of all kinds so some type of dwarf cichlid would be ideal.
     
  2. Watermark

    WatermarkValued MemberMember

    It's hard to have a 'centerpiece' for such a small tank. I would rehome the guppies and siamese algae eaters, and increase the neon population to a dozen so that they will actually school, which would be a delightful centerpiece in and of itself.
     
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    Dempsey Dude

    Dempsey DudeWell Known MemberMember

    Schooling is a sign of stress or perceived threat, so I'm actually happy that they're comfortable enough not to do it. And again, I am happy with the fish I have currently and do not wish to get rid of them. What I am looking for is 1 smallish, showy fish that is fine on its own to add as a centrepiece.
     




  4. Watermark

    WatermarkValued MemberMember

    Tetras are schooling fish, which is not to say that they don't occasionally swim alone. It is well known that tetras in particular are more comfortable in a school of at least 5-7. I understand that you already have this minimum, but coupled with the fact that your tank is on the small side - introducing another species for the sake of having a centerpiece may not be prudent.
     




  5. _Fried_Bettas_

    _Fried_Bettas_Well Known MemberMember

    Apistogramma, they need a cave and if you only have a male he won't be very aggressive. If you have a pair, SHE will be aggressive. They are SA dwarf cichlids like the rams, and roughly the same size.

    One of mine.

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    Dempsey Dude

    Dempsey DudeWell Known MemberMember

    I know there are many subspecies of apistos, I have a borellii in my 10 gallon... that one is gorgeous, what type is it, agassizii? I don't think they're available in my area unfortunately.
     
  7. _Fried_Bettas_

    _Fried_Bettas_Well Known MemberMember

    He is a rather rare wild blue strain of apisto cacatuoides that I acquired through Aquabid (apistodave). The only tank I have left that hasn't been converted to raising bettas.
     
  8. Anders247

    Anders247Fishlore LegendMember

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    Dempsey Dude

    Dempsey DudeWell Known MemberMember

    Not a huge fan of plecos and I think that would put me over the top in terms of the bioload. I'm looking for something more active and colourful. I would love an apisto but they don't carry them around here.
     
  10. Anders247

    Anders247Fishlore LegendMember

    They grow smaller than other plecos: 4 in
     
  11. Anthony10

    Anthony10Valued MemberMember

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    Dempsey Dude

    Dempsey DudeWell Known MemberMember

    That's an interesting suggestion, what kind were you thinking?
     
  13. Anthony10

    Anthony10Valued MemberMember

    F. Gardneri (Blue Lyretail)
     
  14. Anders247

    Anders247Fishlore LegendMember

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    Dempsey Dude

    Dempsey DudeWell Known MemberMember

    I've tried dwarf gouramis, not a huge fan.

    That's a beautiful killifish, I'm not sure if my LFS carries them.
     
  16. Anthony10

    Anthony10Valued MemberMember

    I know there's someone on this forum that has a breeding pair and sells the fry! I forget who though... EDIT: EricV has the killies, I'm not sure when he has fry again, maybe send a PM?
     
  17. neofyt05

    neofyt05Valued MemberMember

    I'd say a pair (male and female) of honey gouramis :)
    Cuter and more peaceful than the dwarf gourami and they prefer to top region.
     
  18. Anders247

    Anders247Fishlore LegendMember

    I wouldn't say cuter but definitely more peaceful.
     
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    Dempsey Dude

    Dempsey DudeWell Known MemberMember

    I may give a male dwarf gourami another shot if I can't get my hands on a pair of killis, although an apisto or other colourful dwarf cichlid would be most ideal for me. I'm gonna go take a look around my LFS tomorrow and see what they have. May even grab a bolivian ram, I've been eyeing them lately. Not as colourful as the GBR's but definitely hardier, and still pretty.
     
  20. Anders247

    Anders247Fishlore LegendMember

    You may have just gotten some DGs with bad attitudes. :confused:
     




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