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Showpiece fish for 46g community

Post by l_l_l on Wed Oct 15, 2014 12:52 pm

Hello!
I'm presently looking to add a showpiece fish to my community aquarium and the Betta I have in the 10gallon will finally stay where it's at.

I'm wondering, what would you guys add as a single community fish ?

I have 10 rummy nose tetras, 10 CPDS, 5 ammano shrimp and a colony of endlers (reduced my numbers to 15 now)

I already tried a Pearl Gourami in the past, I don't want to go that way.
I was thinking of a single bolivian Ram but I'd like a pair, but I'm afraid they'd kill my other fish when they decide to breed.

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Re: Showpiece fish for 46g community

Post by GaryE on Wed Oct 15, 2014 5:03 pm

Anything big enough to be a showcase fish will eat the shrimp. But then, to uncivilized me, shrimp are fish food anyway!

So with that proviso, I would say a pair of Mikrogeophagus altispinosa, or a pair of Pelvicachromis pulcher. Neither would do a lot of damage to what you have. The altispinosa/Bolivian Rams would be the more peaceful of the two.
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Re: Showpiece fish for 46g community

Post by Dan_R on Wed Oct 15, 2014 5:04 pm

I have too much trouble picking them for myself Smile so I'm interested to see what you finally end up with.
I also thought big when I read showpiece
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Re: Showpiece fish for 46g community

Post by CAAIndie on Wed Oct 15, 2014 5:09 pm

I think Bolivian Rams might be a good option. Even with an increase in aggression during spawning,  my rams (gbr) never took out any fish. I've seen chasing and territoriality but never for long or far. I think you mitigate that risk with having a reasonably sized tank for them (and you do), so others can find somewhere else to hang out if need be (or hide). Also having a number of other fish will disperse the aggression between them.

Bolivians are a bit bigger than German blue rams but they never took any amano shrimp out either.

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Re: Showpiece fish for 46g community

Post by l_l_l on Thu Oct 16, 2014 9:46 am

Thanks!

I think I'll go with Bolivian Rams, I've been eyeing them for too long already!

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Re: Showpiece fish for 46g community

Post by Starfish on Thu Oct 16, 2014 11:32 am

Good choice. Lovely little fish that I would also like to own someday.
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