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post #1 of 18 Old 07-24-2014, 11:37 AM Thread Starter
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What would be a better centerpiece. I will have 15 copper rasboras (different from the harlequins, much smaller) and 10-12 cardinals. So my question is, what will be better a trio of pearl gouramis(1m 2f) or a pair of angels? Im thinking the pearl gouramis, i had them before and they are amazing, but what do you think?
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post #2 of 18 Old 07-24-2014, 11:55 AM
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Pearls get too big for a 29, at least to home them permanently. I would stick with the single Angel you have now since that will get rather big anyway and there's no guarantee it will pair up with another angel if you get one, unless you bought a mated Pair but it's not worth it; they get aggressive just like any other fish who is mating/caring for fry and your little Rasboras might be at risk if they do breed.

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I knew the breeding would be a risk with the little guys. I probably wasnt going to get another angel. I thought pearls would be good in a 29?
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post #4 of 18 Old 07-24-2014, 12:18 PM
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Not really, 30+ plus, yes the gallon does make a difference. You'd be well overstocked and not just about the bioload but the activity level of these fish that you're keeping, other than the Cardinals everything else can be rather boisterous and lend to stressing out the fish whether you might know it or not.

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post #5 of 18 Old 07-25-2014, 06:50 PM Thread Starter
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Okay, i also agree they get a little big. I have two female bettas, added them couple days ago. But im wondering... Could I do a small sorority (maybe 7)? I might just keep the angel as the centerpiece. But just wondering what the thoughts are.
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post #6 of 18 Old 07-25-2014, 06:56 PM
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Bettas and Angels are a HUGE no-no. 2 females are together or separate?

I really don't recommend Sororities any more, the fail rate is way too high. Fish keeping is about keeping the fish as least stressed as possible and sororities are the most high stress tank of any and the girls have a shorted life span. If you want to appreciate fish the way they are supposed to, don't do a sorority.

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I agree. And a grown angel is more than willing to make a snack out of small fish.
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Ya i know male bettas and angels are a no-no. But ya they are together right now, with no problems. This is temporary but i just had a thought. Olympia, the angel is not full grown.
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....I'm so sorry for those girls. You need to separate them right away or they are liable to kill each other. And no it's not just male Bettas, it's all Bettas that do not mix with Angels. Heck, all of my girls are much more aggressive than my boys are but the Angel will pick on them to death and possible kill too. It's just not worth it.

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post #10 of 18 Old 07-25-2014, 07:12 PM Thread Starter
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They swim right next to each other and act like best buddies. Plus they are in a very planted tank. The angel doesnt even look at them.
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