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bohmert 06-18-2012 04:31 PM

Want a centerpiece fish for new aquarium
44g mix of mollies platies couple tiger barbs a raphael catfish But would like a center piece or pair for this tank Any suggestions........

Varkolak 06-18-2012 04:47 PM

Pair of ropefish :3 shouldn't eat anything you have now, will get decent sized and their very active/playful also are good in a large range of water conditions

Olympia 06-18-2012 04:51 PM

Ropefish do get 3 feet long, and they will eat anything that fits in their mouth.
Really, there isn't room for a centerpiece fish in a tank full of livebearers and barbs. Seems pretty fully stocked already to me. :(
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Varkolak 06-18-2012 04:57 PM

Pretty sure even adult ropefish stay very slim and mollys are pretty large, the cat is decent sized, only issues are smaller live bearers, And we weren't told how many so if its just a handful of fish in a 44 then its possible.

Olympia 06-18-2012 05:13 PM

Where I'm coming from, ropefish need at the minimum 100 gallons.. That tank will barely allow an adult to stretch it's body out, if it's a tall then it's impossible.
There are platies in this tank as well.

bohmert 06-18-2012 05:49 PM

If they get 3 feet i am not interested ione that big what about electri c blue jack demspey or bosemi rainbow. Sorry dont know how to spell

Olympia 06-18-2012 05:57 PM

You could do boesemani, but they need groups of 6, may not really be a centerpiece fish for you. All larger rainbows need groups of at least 6. Boesemani would be the best choice as they are the smallest of the common larger rainbowfish.
I don't really know much about cichlids.

jaysee 06-18-2012 06:11 PM

I agree - no ropefish. Aside from growing way too big and eating the fish, they are group oriented which makes the tank even more unacceptable.

I would not get boesmani rainbows, or any other large rainbow for a tank of that size. They are not the smallest. Dwarf neon and machallochis are the smallest, and are the largest I would put in such a tank. My boesmanis (and others) outgrew a 90 gallon tank - after moving them to the 125 I would never consider putting them back in a 4 foot tank. Large active fish like that need room to swim. I know I am in the minority here, but they really need a 6 foot tank. Of course it's all a matter of how much room you want your fish to have to swim.

Olympia 06-18-2012 06:15 PM

I said the smallest of the large rainbows. :oops: Maybe that's something I made up in my head to exclude dwarf rainbows and blue eyes from my thoughts.
On the other hand I would not put rainbows smaller than a dwarf neon in there, the smaller ones will not survive in such a crazy tank.
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jaysee 06-18-2012 06:46 PM

The melanotaenia family are the large rainbows, which include the dwarf neon, maccullochi and threadfin. The blue eyes and other small rainbows are of different families. I agree about them not being a good choice for a tank with tiger barbs. They need to be the most active fish in the tank and are intimidated by those that are moreso.

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