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What is a larger fish that would do well in a community tank?

I have a 55g and it is pretty empty, i have:
7 Neon Tetras
6 Pristella Tetras
3 Emerald Green Corys
1 Dwarf Gourami

The dwarf gourami has a nasty attitude toward other gouramis, i used to have 2, but the gourami chased him down in the middle of the night and killed him. He ignores the other fish though, which is good. What is a fish that is about the size of a dwarf gourami (3"-4") that will not bother the little neons and the gourami? I was thinking about some kind of cichlid, but if i am not mistaken, they need very hard water and are aggressive. I also like the look of rams, but if you guys have other suggestions, i would be open to them.
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There are some really nice rainbowfish that work well large community tanks. Have you tried any of those?


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This tank also has a decent amount of flow, im looking for a fish that enjoys or does well in a decent amount of flow (2x 530 GPH powerhead)
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Rainbowfish are a good suggestion.. Boesmani or Turquoise or similar, they also really enjoy high water flow.

Denison Barbs would also be a good fish. They aren't aggressive whatsoever and enjoy decent flow.

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When you say that cichlids need any specific item like hard water, etc. you are falling into a common trap. There are so many types of cichlids that there is no way to apply that type of info to the whole group. Cichlids are as wide spread that they include such common types as angelfish and many of the more common South American and Central American fish. Many do NOT come from hard water.
I would suggest going to the Cichlid-forum profile site to get more accurate info and lots more quick info on what cichlids actually require.

While there, look over a smallish fish called "rainbow cichlid". Herotilapia multispinosa if it has not been renamed?
It is a very meek and gentle cichlid from Central American puddles and ponds where it tolerates almost any conditions it finds.
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Some people believe that rainbows of the larger variety should have greater than 4' tank. I am of that group. Dwarf rainbows are great though although they are not that big.

Can I suggest that you look at growing your numbers of your Cory's and tetras. These fish like to be in groups and the bigger the better.

As for larger fish, I would suggest yoyo loaches as long as you have a lid. They like flow and are / can be vary active once they become comfy in the tank.

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I plan to buy 5 more corys and neons
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As for larger fish, I would suggest yoyo loaches as long as you have a lid. They like flow and are / can be vary active once they become comfy in the tank.
Why did you mention i needed to have a lid? I dont have a lid right now, should i buy one?
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Loaches and rainbows like to jump

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I agree with getting a LARGE school of a couple varieties of fish rather than a few bigger fish. Large fish can be entertaining to watch but a shoaling school of 50 or more Rasboras, neons or what have you is a stunning sight. I also think that for aquascaping it is better because the sense of scale is better. The size of the fish seems more in tune with the size of the plants and makes the tank appear larger.
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Some people believe that rainbows of the larger variety should have greater than 4' tank. I am of that group. Dwarf rainbows are great though although they are not that big.
I agree with this, turquoise can get 10-12 cm long. That size fish would appreciate a five or six foot tank.

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Will rainbows help encourage schooling? Or will that occur only with more predatory fish?
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Whenever a bigger fish is introduced into a tank with small schooling fish the fish tend to school better. So if the it is a bit bigger then them then they should school nicely.
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