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Small Tank Centerpiece Fish

As the title says I'm looking for suggestions of a small tank (10g) centerpiece fish. Originally I was thinking maybe a pair of rams but I want to do shrimp too so I have a feeling they'd eat them all. Then I started thinking about a scarlet badis group. I'm a little concerned about how hard they are to feed. Any other suggestions? It'll be planted with some shrimp, so take that in to consideration. Thanks.
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I stumbled upon a Honey Sunset Gourami a while ago and he is awesome! Stays small and is not nearly as delicate or temperamental as a regular dwarf gourami. He is all over the tank, mostly the top and always comes out and follows me across the glass. Leaves all my plants alone as well

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You could try pigmy gouramy.... depending on the type of shrimp....
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This is what was in my 10g when I first started.

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This is what was in my 10g when I first started.

i have the same fish... he's very pretty.. (though mine has funky black stuff on him hmm...)

BUT he doesn't like tank-mates.

HAS eaten shrimp small and large

it's all according to his mood.

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Have you considered a betta? they can be agressive but you wont get the sorts of color and fin variety in any other fish. What kind of shrimp? that could be a recipie for disaster (or eaten shrimp, however you want to look at it)


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Gorgeous fish!

If you're going to keep shrimp with fish, you need to have lots of hiding spaces. Otherwise the shrimp will most likely be eaten.

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A school of Bororas Brigittae are a good choice, though no fish are 100% shrimp safe except otos in my opinion. Tube snouted pencilfish and other top water fish can be decent choices and with enough vegetation and a stout colony to begin with are workable. I have kept RCS with quite a bit and had them survive and breed, with more difficult shrimp I generally avoid fish tankmates.

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One of my favorite fish for smaller tanks is the Sparkling Gourami. Stays small and non-aggressive:


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One of my favorite fish for smaller tanks is the Sparkling Gourami. Stays small and non-aggressive:

YES! these are the best for a small tank so pretty and fun to watch.

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Scarlet Badis are very easy to feed. Get the cichlid granuals. They drop to the ground. It's fun to watch them stare at it so curious before they finally start to eat it. They will eat blood worms too, and shrimp pellets but everything just has to sink. They wont go to the top for food.

They will however scout out shrimp and eat babies and considering how small they are it's hard to create dedicated shrimp hiding places.

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Scarlet Badis are very easy to feed. Get the cichlid granuals. They drop to the ground. It's fun to watch them stare at it so curious before they finally start to eat it. They will eat blood worms too, and shrimp pellets but everything just has to sink. They wont go to the top for food.

They will however scout out shrimp and eat babies and considering how small they are it's hard to create dedicated shrimp hiding places.
The sparkleing gouramis will do the same thing.

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Stay strong and go Rams! You'll never regret it. Most fish+shrimp=fat happy fish (in my experience)
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Stay strong and go Rams! You'll never regret it. Most fish+shrimp=fat happy fish (in my experience)

There's not enough room for a pair in a 10g.


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Thanks for the suggestions. You know, I've thought about a betta, I've had some nice ones from Thailand. The issue is....they're a little boring.

I'm sure any fish I will run the chance of them eating the baby shrimp. That might just be a chance I have to take. As long as the adults survive right? Lol

Out of curiosity why would a 10g be too small for a ram pair? My dad used to breed them in 10g tanks when I was a kid (they lived in a 10g).
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