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post #1 of 6 Old 12-19-2016, 10:03 AM Thread Starter
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"Feature Fish" Suggestions for 29 G Planted

Hello everyone!

I'm at that point where you get to every few years where some of the "old guard" have died off and it's time to stock up again.

I am looking for suggestions regarding adding a top to mid swimming feature fish to my planted 29 gallon. The current inhabitants are a school of dwarf neon rainbowfish, harlequin rasboras, glowlight tetras, a lonely elderly neon, and two very old scissor tail rasboras. I really love the mix that I have in there but the top 1/3 of my tank is completely vacant. Most of my fish school in the middle and my rainbows only go to the surface to feed.

Would an angel or one of the gourami species work? Or even a betta?
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post #2 of 6 Old 12-19-2016, 10:38 PM
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"Feature Fish" Suggestions for 29 G Planted

If you want something that people are gonna say "wow what's that?!", then get an African butterfly fish. I will admit though that it's an all show and no go fish, meaning it's looks are all it's got as far as being interesting. Super boring fish to keep 95% of the time, but it LOVES any insects you throw in there. If that's something you're into doing, then the fish instantly becomes a whole lot cooler. Otherwise you can expect it to just sit there floating at the surface almost all of the time.

If you want a fish that's prettier and more interesting to watch, then my suggestion would be a pair of pearl gouramis. I've kept them with almost all the fish you have.

A single angelfish might work - hopefully someone else can weigh in on that. I would not do a betta unless it was a short fin variety. King betta might be cool, but I would stay away from Bettas in that kind of setup. I think the pair of pearls are the best choice.


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125 - BGK, chanchito cichlid, pictus cats, silver dollars, palmas bichir
125 - cichlids (severums, bolivian rams, chocolate), rainbows ( turquoise, red), loaches (angelicus, zebra, kuhli and horseface), plecos (BN, RL and clown), denison barbs, tiretrack eel, pearl gouramis, betta
90 - Congo tetras, african knife, upside down cats, spotted ctenopoma, kribensis, delhezzi bichir
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post #3 of 6 Old 12-21-2016, 10:28 PM Thread Starter
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Thank you! I love the look of the pearl gourami, such a pretty fish. The pet store says they'll be coming in next week.

Would I not have aggression issues with keeping a pair? I have read that the male will be very territorial of the bubble nest.
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post #4 of 6 Old 12-21-2016, 11:34 PM
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Should the male build a nest and protect that nest, enjoy it - you're watching the fish do its thing You're other fish won't be in any real danger, though. Worst you might see are some nipped fins here and there, which grow back quickly and easily.


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125 - BGK, chanchito cichlid, pictus cats, silver dollars, palmas bichir
125 - cichlids (severums, bolivian rams, chocolate), rainbows ( turquoise, red), loaches (angelicus, zebra, kuhli and horseface), plecos (BN, RL and clown), denison barbs, tiretrack eel, pearl gouramis, betta
90 - Congo tetras, african knife, upside down cats, spotted ctenopoma, kribensis, delhezzi bichir
2.5 - betta
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Zebra Danios are top level fish. They are very active and fun to watch. You need to keep them in schools though to keep them happy.

I have 7 Pink Zebra Danio's and I enjoy watching them for hours :)
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post #6 of 6 Old 12-27-2016, 03:51 AM
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I'd go with the Pearl G male. The only reason I don't suggest a pair is tank size other than that a pair would not harm anything. A couple say 4 female bettas of different colors would be nice, but they are not considered a center piece fish. If you're looking for different you could go with several pigmy gouramis such as croaking or sparkling.

Hope this helps, oh yes you need a clean up crew for the bottom. Try some cories or some dwarf crayfish like CPOs.
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