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Center piece fish?

Have a 30g gallon stocked with 10 Neon Tetras, 5 Rummy Nose, 20 Ghost Shrimp tank is doing really well all paras are good...I was on another forum and some say I should have a Center piece fish..really I have never thought about it ...Anyone have any suggestions?...Any help is appreciated!
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A gourami would add color and be a Nice Contrasting Centerpiece.


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https://www.plantedtank.net/forums/fi...iece-fish.html

BTW despite what that thread says, a male pearl gourami may not be aggressive,
but they can be very territorial and often chase most fish that gets near them away.


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Personally I like the school of 1 type of fish as the centerpiece, and either the neons, or the rummy nose make a nice school.

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Thank you for the help...Right now all the tetras are swimming together which is fun to watch.
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Yea, I think a lot of people forget that a school of fish like neons is sometimes a better 'center piece' than one big fish.

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Have a 30g gallon stocked with 10 Neon Tetras, 5 Rummy Nose, 20 Ghost Shrimp tank is doing really well all paras are good...I was on another forum and some say I should have a Center piece fish..really I have never thought about it ...Anyone have any suggestions?...Any help is appreciated!
It's kinda tough choices are vast really and you just have to decide what you are looking for on a personal level. My own favs for center of attention fish are the Blue Rams or a pair of them.

Some other fish to think about is a small school of corydorus cats like the panda cory or the Dwarf Cory. both have their own color contrasting that of the fish you have already.

Honey gourami's are very peacful but a bit timid as are the chocolate gourami's but both get along with all your fish in a planted tank. They do best with small schools of say 4-6 of one or the other.
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I was pretty sure I was going with M&F Pearl, but now you have me thinking again hehe
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I was also thinking about the pearl as being a little tougher than the ghost shrimps might like. It might chase them around or even damage them for food.

Key word is MIGHT.

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Lemme chime in here.

I would not recommend Pearls. Pretty much, I'd not recommend any of the Trichogaster genus for smaller fish. I've never had one that didn't end up being a bully.

However, for Gouramis, take a look at a good male specimen of "Indian Banded" or "Giant" gourami (Colisa fasciata). They're stunning and I've found them to be overall great community fish. The colors are as spectacular as a Paradise, they offer more punch than a dwarf (although closely related) and are better citizens than Pearls.

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+1 for keeping just a single specie tank.

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hmmm....well not I am lost as what I should do ...mabye I will just get 5 more rummy and get me a Dojo then be done with it
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I like community tanks...just adds to the fun figuring out which fish get along, its like a puzzle, the more you add the more complicated it gets, the less options you have....but I really like the diverse behaviors of the various species

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What about a pair, threesome or so of A. hongsloi II.: http://www.mtfb.com/SouthernApistos/...GSLOIBEST2.jpg

Or any other Apistogramma species. Here's some pics:
http://www.mtfb.com/SouthernApistos/pricelist.html

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Those are chilids ...from what I read ..shrimp do mix to well due to them eating them?
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