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    Hi guys, I was going to buy some Honey Gourami's this weekend (I'm up in Canada and I go to Big Al's if any of you know about it) and it turns out they dont have honey gouramis (they only have golden gouramis).

    I currently have 8 Zebra/Leopard danios, 4 nerite snails,3 Amano shrimp and a clown pleco.
    The tank is cycled (for what is in it) ammonia is reading at 0, nitrites at 0, nitrates at like .10-.2 (I'm using strip tests, I know they're not as accurate.) I have an aquaclear 50 on the tank, which is 29G (36x12x18).

    I need some suggestions as to alternatives to Honey Gouramis (doesn't have to be a gourami!) just something very pretty that isn't extremely expensive (I'm okay with moderately expensive fish) that will do well in my tank! I've looked into pearl and sparkling gourami but am dissapointed that they don't grow as big as the honey's do. Is there any alternatives to the fish I'm looking for? Some people so far have said German Rams/Balloon Rams or things like cichlids. I don't really care as long as it's a good looking centrepiece fish that will behave well in my tank and stay under 6" (unless bigger is ok?)

    Thank you so much! I know I type a lot. I look forward to some creative suggestions :)

    P.S. I will be asking them if they can order honey gouramis if nobody can come up with a suggestion that I'm willing to go for :P

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    If the tank is mature you could get a ram or a pair, but please don't get balloon anything, they are bred to deformity and in my opinion the natural looking fish are much prettier. I think a pair of kribensis would work as well, but not with the rams.
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    I too would say South American cichlids. Discus, Rams (there are a few different kinds and colours), Kribensis (especially if you can get a mated pair), are all neat peaceful centrepiece fish.
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    pearl gouramis grow to 12 cm while honeys reach 5. there are species of croaking/sparkling gourami that reach 7 cm.
    dwarf cichlids(apistos, kribs, rams, etc) are good but they dwell at the bottom of the tank rather than at the top like gouramis do. if that is fine with you then good, just a heads up.

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    Sparkling gourami is an excellent suggestion.
    When I go fishing I just throw sharp rocks in the water and wait for the dead fish to float to the top... Kingfisher
    Everything happens for a reason. Sometimes that reason is you are stupid and make bad decisions.

    I think my fish is adjusting well to the four gallon, He's laying on his side attempting to go to sleep on the bottom of the gravel.
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    Are discus hard to take care of for beginners? And don't they need 5+ in a group?

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    With proper research a beginner can keep discus. They often require much more work on your part, but they don't belong in a 29 gallon anyway.
    When I go fishing I just throw sharp rocks in the water and wait for the dead fish to float to the top... Kingfisher
    Everything happens for a reason. Sometimes that reason is you are stupid and make bad decisions.

    I think my fish is adjusting well to the four gallon, He's laying on his side attempting to go to sleep on the bottom of the gravel.
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    2nd that.

    I would suggest bolivian rams as something to look at.
    some don't think they are "pretty" as GBR/EBR, but they have the same fun personality-more hardy and I enjoy them.

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    Alright, I'll look into cichlids and the rams! Can they be kept in 3's? like 1M 2F?

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    When it finds a mate, remove the other female or there will most likely be aggression. Make sure there is territory for your cichlid and some use caves for breeding.

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