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post #1 of 12 Old 02-21-2012, 11:01 AM Thread Starter
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centrepiece for 33 gal.

I would really like some advise please. Would you please suggest a few ideas for a "centrepiece" fish for my aquarium?

The chinese algae eater has been moved out of the tank... he was hassling the queens..(pearl gourami). Finn (betta) is a good guy, he doesn't bother with anyone, minds his own business swimming up, down and in the filter current as he pleases. The kids (xray tetra) are pretty and unassuming. I would like something different, but not sure what.... could you help? Thanks

betta... Finn
x-ray tetras... the kids
pearl gouramis... the queens
chinese algae eater... evil one
human being... Kathy
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post #2 of 12 Old 02-21-2012, 09:11 PM
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I would really like some advise please. Would you please suggest a few ideas for a "centrepiece" fish for my aquarium?

The chinese algae eater has been moved out of the tank... he was hassling the queens..(pearl gourami). Finn (betta) is a good guy, he doesn't bother with anyone, minds his own business swimming up, down and in the filter current as he pleases. The kids (xray tetra) are pretty and unassuming. I would like something different, but not sure what.... could you help? Thanks
Not sure if your tank is big enough, but some leaf fish are pretty cool, if you are into things like eels that is..
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post #3 of 12 Old 02-22-2012, 02:25 AM
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Hi there :)

First find out what your parameters for your water are, what plants you have if any and the temperature and then get a list of fish to match all that and the fish you already have in there and then choose one from that list.

Please dont go any buy any fish just because it looks pretty like a centrepeice.

Good luck :)

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post #4 of 12 Old 02-22-2012, 01:26 PM Thread Starter
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thank you for your input. I think I may have said that wrong... I didn't mean centrepiece like a decoration, I don't think of animals like that. I mean something a little different that will immediately catch your eye, not that my other guys don't, just something a little different. I have searched and searched and compared and made lists and then rubbed out the list added and subtracted....THEN ..... I wrote you.. ....
Leaf fish eh?, sounds interesting.

My water is pretty hard at PH 8
temp. 76
0 ammonia
0 nitrites
5 nitrates

it measures 36" long, 18" high and 12" deep. I have a large driftwood piece, one piece of lava rock ( about 5" high and 8" long and 3" thick with a hole in the middle) and one fake, rocky, tall decoration. I have real live floating plants and real planted plants that would cover about 1/3 of my substrate, but will be adding more plants a little at a time. The substrate is black small stone, with several smooth, black stones strewn about.. I love my aquarium and I think my fish do as well.

betta... Finn
x-ray tetras... the kids
pearl gouramis... the queens
chinese algae eater... evil one
human being... Kathy

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post #5 of 12 Old 02-22-2012, 02:32 PM
Kelben, what fish do you have already? Perhaps you can post a picture? Floating plants often obstruct light so that affects what kind of fish you plan to have as your "attention grabber" For example, keeping red fish with floating plants will make it hard to see the fish.
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post #6 of 12 Old 02-23-2012, 10:49 AM
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I'm thinking there is not room for more fish, besides which, most would consider the gourami "centrepiece" in a small tank (33g is small to the fish). How many Pearl Gourami have you? Are they all female, or is there a male among them? And how many Pristella?

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Something we all need to remember: The fish you've acquired was quite happy not being owned by you, minding its own business. If youíre going to take it under your wing then youíre responsible for it. Every aspect of its life is under your control, from water quality and temperature to swimming space. [Nathan Hill in PFK]
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post #7 of 12 Old 02-23-2012, 12:03 PM Thread Starter
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I'm going to take your advise Byron... The 3 girl pearls aka Queens are beautiful and are very content the way they are. The pristellas are 10, and are crusing the tank... any more fish and I'll probably have too many. Do you think a cory or 3 would be too many fish??

betta... Finn
x-ray tetras... the kids
pearl gouramis... the queens
chinese algae eater... evil one
human being... Kathy
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post #8 of 12 Old 02-23-2012, 12:29 PM
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I think cories generally like softer, more acidic / neutral water, but am not sure if certain types are more tolerant. But they definitely like to be in larger groups, and I'm not sure you have room.

How about adding something like a zebra nerite snail if you want another addition?


(Also, as a PS - the font you're using is realllly tiny. I don't wear glasses but find it kind of hard to read. ;) )
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post #9 of 12 Old 02-23-2012, 12:33 PM
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I agree, but we need to know the hardness. You mentioned a pH of 8, but there is also the hardness which is just as important. You can find this out from your water supply folks, many have a website. General hardness is what we want.

Aside from that, either of the two commonly-seen corys, namely Corydoras aeneus and Corydoras paleatus, would manage unless you have "liquid rock" hardness, which if the gourami are fine is not likely the case. Click the shaded names to see those fish's profile.

I agree the upper water level is full now, but a few substrate fish wold be fine, like a group (5) of one of the corys, or something more individual if you like, such as a Whiptail Catfish, maybe 3 of these.

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post #10 of 12 Old 02-23-2012, 01:05 PM Thread Starter
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sorry about the font... I hate that too, when you can't see the darn post!!!
I checked the water just now, (with API 5 in 1 test strips) and the GH is 120 and the KH is 180-240. I don't know what that means exactly, but I know it's hard water. I would love the whiptale catfish, the profile puts it a little out of my water parameters though.

betta... Finn
x-ray tetras... the kids
pearl gouramis... the queens
chinese algae eater... evil one
human being... Kathy
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