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Old 11-18-2012, 02:49 AM   #1
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Single or pair recommendations?


I'm still working on what I want to stock in my 29gal.

So far my list has 5/6 panda cories, 10/12 cardinal tetras and some amanos. I also want something a little bigger and a little more 'stand out'. A family member had two sword tails, but they have both passed. I really liked the look of them, but with them being livebearers, I also don't want to be dealing with fry. And after some reading it doesn't look like such a good idea to keep two males together (prefer the males with the swords over two females, plus the females can apparently hold eggs for awhile, so there's still a risk of a lot of potential fry).

So, I would really like something bright (orange, red, yellow). Something a little larger to stand out. But only one or two, so something happy without a big shoal. I'm thinking Betta again, but I always have bettas, hah! Thought it was time to consider something new. Any fun suggestions?
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Old 11-18-2012, 03:34 AM   #2
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First thought that would make a great addition IMO is a pair of german blue rams, or one of their color morphs(electric blue ram, or gold ram). Second, and I don't have experience with them, is a male paradise fish. Another thought is a single angelfish, starting small, but I don't know how they would do with the amanos. Both the german rams and angelfish would be better to add last since they do better in a matured tank.
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Old 11-18-2012, 06:15 AM   #3
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I agree with chevyguy on the rams. They are not too big but definitely bigger than the other fish in the tank. If you have never done GBR's then I think you should try. I wouldn't do an angel though, they can get pretty big.
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Old 11-18-2012, 02:44 PM   #4
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You could go with Electric Blue Rams (My personal Favorite), or some type of Apistogramma, Apistogrammas are harder then GBR's or Electric's but in some cases they can have a wider variety of colors to them and they dont get too big either, a pretty good center piece fish in my opinion
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Old 11-19-2012, 03:26 AM   #5
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Bolivian rams!
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Old 11-19-2012, 03:31 AM   #6
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Apistos ftw!!!
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Old 11-19-2012, 03:37 AM   #7
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+1 Apistogramma ftw.

Viejita "red neck' get pretty large, probably more durable than a ram, and verry flashy (+Red).

If you want orange, check out cacatuoides orange flash, probably my favorite man made strain of fish. One of the easiest apistos(might eat Amanos though).
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Old 11-20-2012, 05:27 PM   #8
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Please dont do the paradise fish! Killed all but one of my glowlight tetras.
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Old 11-20-2012, 05:51 PM   #9
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+1 for rams , while i was readin post it was first thing that popped up in my head and then i saw others saying it ^^ , unfortunatly i have alot of luck with things but not rams so i have no advice lol . but german blues look amazing ! or go with a small school of preacox rainbows , big enough and active enough to spice up ur tank ! the males have the broght red fins , females orange fins whith blue shimmer on body ^^
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Old 11-20-2012, 10:15 PM   #10
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Wow, rams are popular! I've seen them at my lfs, but never really looked. I will definitely check them out and the other suggestions here when I go in next. Thank you so much!
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