New Centerpiece Fish Ideas Needed

  1. O

    Over It Well Known Member Member

    I need ideas for a new "centerpiece fish". I am moving my male Neon Blue Dwarf Gourami to my 10 gal and I want something similarly colored, but bigger or able to be kept with 2 more of the same fish.

    My tank is 29 gals. Temp is 77-78.

    I need peaceful fish as I have Corydoras and Lamb Chop Rasboras.
     
  2. FishFish221

    FishFish221 Well Known Member Member

    Bolivian rams?
     


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  3. OP
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    Over It Well Known Member Member

    Are they mid to top dwelling?
     


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  4. FishFish221

    FishFish221 Well Known Member Member

    Mostly middle, sometimes bottom.
     
  5. MattS99

    MattS99 Well Known Member Member

    Dwarf cichlids are mainly bottom dwellers, but god are they gorgeous. I'd do some kind in there, personally. The honeys are going in the 29, right? They'll give you some mid to top action.
     
  6. Kenny777

    Kenny777 Well Known Member Member

    Bolivians are mostly bottom but once in a while they will go to the middle.
     
  7. OP
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    Over It Well Known Member Member

    I keep going back and forth on keeping them as well. If I could have them and a more colorful fish then I would be happy to keep them. I don't want just yellow and orange fish.
    I tried a Bolivian with my Dwarf and the Bolivian attacked my Dwarf right off the bat.
     
  8. MattS99

    MattS99 Well Known Member Member

    Most people will disagree with me, but I'd keep a GBR at 77-78. There's a few more apistos that'd work at that temp with the honeys too. And more colorful.
     
  9. OP
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    Over It Well Known Member Member

    Would I be overstocked with my other fish and the GBR or Bolivian with the 2 Honey Gouramis?
     
  10. MattS99

    MattS99 Well Known Member Member

    What's the rest of your stocking? If I remember, it's 15 cories and 4 lambchops for now, right? I'm including the honeys in my head.
     
  11. Mike1995

    Mike1995 Well Known Member Member

    maybe try some cherry barbs? They stay little and really pretty. Or maybe a dwarf pike? They stay little and rarely eat other fish. They have a ton of personality for such a little fish
     
  12. OP
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    Over It Well Known Member Member

    Close. It's 15 Pygmy Corys, 6 Sterbai Corys and 4 Lamb Chop Rasboras, plus the 2 Honey's.
    I'd like to add a Bolivian or GBR and to add 2-4 more Lamb Chop Rasboras.
    If that wouldn't work I could return the Lamb Chops and just keep the Honeys and Bolivian or GBR.
     
  13. MattS99

    MattS99 Well Known Member Member

    I'd try it myself. If you were really paranoid about it, I'd return the Sterbais before the Lambchops. You'll be having a lot of action on the bottom of your tank.
     
  14. OP
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    Over It Well Known Member Member

    That's very true. Even now the top is empty 99% of the time. I wish I could find something large that would get along with my other fish and stay towards the top most of the time.
     
  15. OP
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    Over It Well Known Member Member

    Gourami's are supposed to be mid to top dwellers aren't they?
     
  16. OP
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    Over It Well Known Member Member

    I'll have to look up the dwarf pike, but I'm really worried about cherry barbs. I've heard many times that they are aggressive.
     
  17. MattS99

    MattS99 Well Known Member Member

    I tried that with my 20 long, couldn't find anything either. I ended up rescuing two male guppies because I knew they'd go towards the top, and it's slowly becoming a mistake. The honeys should stay up near the top a lot, mine did. I find them similar to bettas in the way they explore their surroundings.
     
  18. Mike1995

    Mike1995 Well Known Member Member

    from my personal experience cherry barbs are pretty peaceful. Haven't had any issues
     
  19. Mike1995

    Mike1995 Well Known Member Member

    you should def check out the pike. They're non aggressive
     
  20. MattS99

    MattS99 Well Known Member Member

    Looking for a centerpiece, not a school.
     


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