recommendations for a "centerpiece" fish

Discussion in 'Aquarium Stocking Questions' started by midthought, Apr 9, 2010.

  1. midthought

    midthoughtWell Known MemberMember

    Hello all. This may be my third stocking-related post on my 29g, but I just have something else I'd like to throw out there. I would just like to hear suggestions of some "centerpiece" fish that would go well with my sterbai cory cats and rummy noses. There are 3 cories and 9 rummy noses. It's a relatively newly established tank but so far everything is going great. Parameters good, fish seem happy and active, all over the tank. It's planted and the rummy noses are small, so I'm hoping to generously bend the 1"/gallon rule. The original plan was 2 German Blue Rams but I'm just looking for other possible suggestions.

    Tank parameters:
    Ammonia 0
    Nitrite 0
    Nitrate 10ppm
    pH 6.9 (looks between 6.8 and 7)
    Temp 80 degrees

    Let me know what you think!
     
  2. pinksprklmonkeyValued MemberMember

    How about a dwarf gourami?
     
  3. OP
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    midthought

    midthoughtWell Known MemberMember

    I've considered DGs. Could I get 2 males?

    I worry about getting 2 males of anything now, I think my betta boys make me paranoid... >.>

    Speaking of which, does anyone know if 2 female GBRs would be peaceful? Would 2 male GBRs be aggressive with each other without a female in the mix?
     




  4. Lucy

    LucyModeratorModerator Member

    Look into Thick Lipped Gourami. They get a little larger than the Dwarfs. They're less suseptable to bacterial infections and don't get Dwarf Gourami Disease.
     




  5. OP
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    midthought

    midthoughtWell Known MemberMember

    Thanks for the suggestion, I will look into it. :)
     
  6. Nutter

    NutterFishlore VIPMember

    A single Flag Cichlid (Laetacara Curviceps) would work in your tank. They are really peacefull & only get to about 3 1/2". If you could find one, Macropodus Ocellatus (sorry don't know common name) are a spectacular fish that don't have the aggression levels of Paradise Fish. A Blue/Three Spot Gourami would be another option.
     
  7. Elodea

    ElodeaWell Known MemberMember

    Macropodus ocellatus goes by a lot of common names, including Chinese Paradise Fish and Roundtail Paradise Fish. :)
     
  8. OP
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    midthought

    midthoughtWell Known MemberMember

    Oo, I've never seen a Macropodus ocellatus in my LFSes, but they are pretty! Like a designer betta in au naturale colors. The females are almost shockingly plain though...

    Laetacara curviceps is also pretty... too many fish, too few gallons.
     
  9. Nutter

    NutterFishlore VIPMember

    Thanks Elodea. I'll file that away in the memory bank. If it's still working. :)

    :;thx
     
  10. Crimsonbull57Valued MemberMember

    A pair of Bolivian Rams, or a pair of Apistogrammas.
    I would personally go with the German rams though.
     
  11. OP
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    midthought

    midthoughtWell Known MemberMember

    I'm already going with a pair of German blue rams (currently have the female half of the pair). I really wanted a fish who'd be more active in the top-middle portions of the tank though since that area seems lonely. I may feel it's less necessary when the rummies get more comfortable in the tank and the rams get bigger though.
     
  12. Nutter

    NutterFishlore VIPMember

    For something active & mid to top water it's pretty hard to go past some of the smaller Rainbowfish varietes. Celebe's, Spotted, Threadfin & McCulloch's Rainbows would all be suitable. Or perhaps some peacefull Killifish. Research Killifish varietes carefully first though as some are highly aggressive & some are too peacefull & need a species tank. There are quite a few that would be suitable though if you do your research thoroughly first.
     
  13. OP
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    midthought

    midthoughtWell Known MemberMember

    I've read a bit about killifish, but they didn't sound keepable without manually going through and getting their eggs, keeping them in peat, etc etc. I will do some more research though and find more info on specific varieties. :;dete They are awfully interesting fish though!
     




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