29 Gallon Tank Plant-safe Centerpiece Fish Suggestions?

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My dwarf gouramI just died by the DGIV (I believe that's what it's called?). I'm already planning on going to a local fish store I just discovered this coming Saturday, and am wondering what "centerpiece" fish I could keep an eye out for. I love angelfish, but my gouramI absolutely devoured my ludwigia repens (but none of my other plants), so I'm looking for one that may be a bit nicer toward it and angelfish being cichlids, I'm a bit reluctant to get one (unless there's some sort of plant-safe variant). I maintain the tank at 77 Fahrenheit. Any suggestions are welcome.

Currently, I have:
1 false juliI cory (actually three-lined, I think)
2 emerald corys
2 mystery snails
2 nerite snails

I know the corys need schools. I'm getting more this Saturday to get their numbers up.
 

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29g is pretty cramped for an angel imo, go with a honey gouramI (or pair) if you want, they aren't affected by DGD.
 

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Any fish can nibble plants, angels are very toned downed cichlids and I see nothing in the tank they'd have an issue. That said 29 gallon is the bare minimum for one
 
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I realize 29 is bare minimum for angels and not necessarily ideal. My dwarf gouramI was really stressed out in a 10g, when they allegedly do okay in tanks that small (he was too busy glass-surfing to ever bother my plants in the 10, I guess; in the 29, he stripped most of the stems of their leaves quicker than the ludwigia could keep up).

From what I've read, most gouramis will eat delicate-leafed plants pretty quickly. A betta, perhaps, if I can find one that'll tolerate a community tank? Or, just the corys, at the very least.
 
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I was hoping to get a school of some kind of tetra in addition to a slightly larger fish, but I've been focusing mostly on the corys, so I haven't looked too much at parameters, stocking, etc. Looking at what the lfs keeps in stock will probably help, too.
 

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I'd definitely fill out the school of cory's first, then add the tetras, then I'd go with an oplaline or gold gouramI since I've never had them mess with plants
 

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From what I've read angelfish are pretty plant destructive. Maybe a betta?
 

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