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post #1 of 32 (permalink) Old 11-22-2012, 08:00 AM Thread Starter
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Need a centerpiece fish

Hi folks.

I need a new centerpice fish for my tank. I want it to be docile, hardy, low maintenance, not a poop machine and easy to find.

Here are some tank params:

•18 gallon tropical planted tank
•low tech - no CO2, no ferts, low-med lights
•ph of 8 or above, hardness is also pretty high
• nitrate: 5-10ppm
•current inhabitants: neon tetra, zebra danio, ramshorn snails and MTS.

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post #2 of 32 (permalink) Old 11-22-2012, 12:39 PM
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Get a species of dwarf gourami! They are colorful, docile, extremely hardy, and are easy to find!
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Sme of them are so charming in their personalities -- there are a couple of threads about them. Search function would bring them up.
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post #4 of 32 (permalink) Old 11-22-2012, 01:40 PM
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DGs may not like the hard water, but if you keep it stable, they should be fine.

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what about a female bolvian ram, there more hardy than german blue rams and they dont get to big and they have an intresting personality but some can been a bit mischevious but genrally there nice little fish i have a pair in my 20g

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I was thinking about Dwarf Gourami, but was told they can reek havoc on some plants when building their nests. So you have a meticulously planted tank it might be a thought.
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what about a female bolvian ram, there more hardy than german blue rams and they dont get to big and they have an intresting personality but some can been a bit mischevious but genrally there nice little fish i have a pair in my 20g
+1 love Bolivians and German Blue Rams. There's a member on here that sells GBRs tank raised. If interested, look in the for sale section.
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How about a betta?
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post #10 of 32 (permalink) Old 11-22-2012, 10:01 PM Thread Starter
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I don't think gouramis will do well in such high ph. I've heared some actually die of such high ph.

How would rams do in my tank condition?
What are DGs?

It looks like these fish do not like high ph and hard water.

More suggestion please.

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+1 love Bolivians and German Blue Rams. There's a member on here that sells GBRs tank raised. If interested, look in the for sale section.
Yea search "matt13"
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post #12 of 32 (permalink) Old 11-23-2012, 06:37 AM
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I think the DG was just a shorthand for dwarf gourami.

I have some honey gouramis in my 25 jungle tank, along with a school of 18 hengelis rasboras. They are bright yellow, with red tips on the fins. There is also a pink variety available. They're maybe 1.5-2 inches long. Interesting personalitys. They almost exclusivley live off of roots from my amazon frogbit. For some reason I find it hilarious the way they lunge at it and shake their head to tear a piece off. They ignore my cherry shrimp, which is rare for gouramis, and every now and then school with the rasboras, but generally they just explore through the floating plants.

Ive read that licorice gourami's can be ferocious with shrimp and actively hunt down and tear them apart. Just a warning if youre thinking about dwarf gouramis.
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Dwarf Gourami will do fine in hard water if they were raised in it.

I'd suggest a paradise fish.
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post #15 of 32 (permalink) Old 11-24-2012, 12:15 AM
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Don't know whats easily available in the Philippines but,

Maybe the larger livebarers like a male sailfin Molly or a lyretail swordtail, i mention these becuase they reach around 4" are low maint. and prefer hard water with high Ph. and they can be very beautiful.
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