Planted Tank Guru
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Madison, Wisconsin
i hope to start assembling more of my fish for this system. i already have a group of gold barbs (P. semifasciolatus var. schuberti) in quarantine. they look healthy. i selected this fish because i enjoy barbs and because i think that their coloration will be nice contrast against the dark greens, browns, and reds of the crypts. they look a lot like goldfish to me, which i think will complement the idea of using the bricks in there.
i would like to figure out another fish to use as a single specimen centerpiece. the one idea that has come to mind is a paradise fish (Macropodus opercularis). would this be OK? i understand that they are mostly aggressive toward conspecifics, so i hope that they would be OK with the barbs. what do you think? i have never kept them before.
i also wish to have a single bottom-dwelling fish or two. i really enjoy Botia loaches, but they get too large for this setup. this tank only has ~22 gallons of water in it. can anybody suggest a small, active catfish, that isn't a cory? or any other bottom fish(?).