Wanting an Impressive Specimen Fish

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I'm looking for some input on an impressive fish that will grow to be decently large (8+"), and looks exotic. Anything with stripes (I love stripes!!) and/or vibrant color are ideal. I want this fish to be the focal point of my aquarium—I'm open to having it be a single impressive fish in the aquarium, or the largest and prominent in a community setting.
I have both a 55 gallon setup and a 90 gallon set up.
 
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I like the idea of oscars, but they're not eye-poppingly colorful—I want an eye-drawing fish that has very a prominent (and colorful) appearance.
 
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From what I understand they need a larger tank than either that I currently have.
 

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AquaticBrandon said:
What about a flower horn? They are awesome.
Oh my goodness.. they look like swimming paintings....
 

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You would eventually need a much bigger tank for these and do a lot of research as they are frequently not cared for properly. They are slow growers so you could start with the 90 gallon tank, but you would need to make plans for a 5 foot+ tank.
 
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We don't have anymore room in our place between the 90 gallon and 55 gallon. So maybe that's going to be a little too big and too expensive fish for this particular endeavor.
 

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A datnoides is literally a center piece fish, where you put everything into a single tank.
You could check out clown, peacock, or fire eels, as center pieces.
 

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Yep, channa's or snake heads.
Not all of them are colorful but I like the looks of .

Another channa I've seen myself is channa bleheri.
I'm not very familiar with these but they can be aggressive. The net fell in the tank and the channa attacked the hand immediately, owner told it draw blood in the past.
I don't know if that is common behavior but maybe something to keep in mind if you have kids that like to stick their fingers in a fish tank.
The bleherI is one of the smaller channa's.
 

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Ah, something new learned. Illegal in all states? Wow!
 

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All states, I am not sure, but I think so.
Edit: I am wrong, it is illegal in 13 states. My bad. But snakeheads do get 3 foot 3, so not a good idea to have one. If you do, just don't release it.
 

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I would second the idea of a Flower Horn as made by Aquatic Brandon.
Not only do they have good colouration, but they are characters which will swim somersaults and do other kinds of " tricks " when people approach the tank.
Try to check out some vids of these fish on " Youtube " Etc
 

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All states, I am not sure, but I think so.
Edit: I am wrong, it is illegal in 13 states. My bad. But snakeheads do get 3 foot 3, so not a good idea to have one. If you do, just don't release it.
Not all of them get that big, the two I mentioned stay a lot smaller, the bleherI is one of the smallest when adult, I believe under 12 inch.
I agree, never release animals / plants! If it's illegal to keep them skip my suggestions.
I don't know if they have 'character' like flower horns have.

Edit: if the OP wants to know more about Channa I found this great article
 

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