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Need help to find a center peice fish for 60G
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joelswoboda
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PostPosted: 2012.03.30(Fri)17:33    Post subject: Need help to find a center peice fish for 60G Reply with quote

Hello all! I am a new member but longtime reader of the site (5+ years). I have a new 60 gallon tank and a looking for a centerpiece fish. I currently have 10 H. Rasboras in my cycled tank. I will be adding the following fish slowly (at least this is my thought so far) 10 more harlequin rasboras, 6 peppered corys, 4 otos. I am looking for a centerpiece fish. Something peaceful, larger and able to coexist with my plan. I am thinking a Pearl Gourami. Would that work. Is that fish OK by itself? Would I need to have 1 male, 2 females? Would that work with my set up?
What other options might there be?
The following are my specs: 60g hex. Aquaclear 70 filter. 7.2 pH, 79 degrees F, 120 hardness. Planted aquarium.
I would be happy to give any other info requested
Thank you!
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PostPosted: 2012.03.30(Fri)19:10    Post subject: Reply with quote

If you like the pearl gourami then that's the perfect choice for you. They're usually pretty gentle fish and in a tank that size you shouldn't have any trouble with 1 male and 2 females.
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joelswoboda
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PostPosted: 2012.03.30(Fri)19:23    Post subject: Reply with quote

Marcos Avila wrote:
If you like the pearl gourami then that's the perfect choice for you. They're usually pretty gentle fish and in a tank that size you shouldn't have any trouble with 1 male and 2 females.



Thanks for the reply Marcos! Any other suggestions? And how should I handle the rest of my stocking? In other words, what fish should be next and how many? Should I add the 6 Cory's next? More h. Rasboras? Otos last, not including the 'show fish'?
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PostPosted: 2012.03.30(Fri)19:43    Post subject: Reply with quote

I forgot, substrate is sand. A light sand. The first layer is gravel from an old tank, the next is plant specific material, I forget the name, and the top is a light colored sand. I can't figure out how to post a pic, so I could use help on that as well.
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PostPosted: 2012.03.31(Sat)6:40    Post subject: Reply with quote

What are the tank's dimensions please? Tall tanks take different stocking to longer, shallower tanks.
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PostPosted: 2012.03.31(Sat)6:49    Post subject: Reply with quote

Dimensions: 27"x24"x29.5"
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PostPosted: 2012.03.31(Sat)7:07    Post subject: Reply with quote

Where are those measurements from?

Is sounds like you have too many fish planned as with a Hex the fish can't get far away form each other. Peppered cories are one of the larger and cooler temperature species so C.sterbai or similar would be a better option.

I would choose thicklipped gouramis as a centerpiece unless you can get plants or decor to reach the surface?
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PostPosted: 2012.03.31(Sat)22:20    Post subject: Reply with quote

By using a tape measure...????? A equalateral hexagon has the diminsions I posted. One measurement, lets call it depth, would be from the middle of a side to the oposite side. The other, we will call it length, would be from one "corner" to the oposite "corner."
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PostPosted: 2012.03.31(Sat)22:22    Post subject: Reply with quote

Bt the way, I love your cory advise. I do plan on using that suggestion.
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PostPosted: 2012.03.31(Sat)22:27    Post subject: Reply with quote

And about the plants and lighting. I am planning a DIY lid for the tank that would drastically improve the lighting potential of the tank. I have ideas. anyone else have suggestions?
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