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  1. Default Fish with personality, or ones that are generally interesting

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    I know cichlids as a whole are typically interesting in terms of behavior, especially the larger ones. I've also heard that puffers are, too.

    I once had a pair of Kribs that I really enjoyed watching from the courtship rituals to mating to child rearing.

    Anyway, I have a 29 gallon tank and I'm not particularly interested in a boring community tank with seemingly mindless fish like ones I've had before (barbs, danios, plecos, etc.) But as far as fish with personality goes, I'm rather limited due to tank size, and it seems many of the most interesting fish that can be held in my size of tank will have to be held alone or without many other fish, due to aggression or timidity. Aside from personality, any that are just generally cool to watch due to specific traits (I really like those who will eat moderately large prey such as earthworms or grasshoppers) are also appealing to me. So anyway, I just want some recommendations on fish for a 29 gallon tank that are interesting or pet-like in some way, rather than "boring" community fish.
    moar tanks plz

    29g planted tank: 8 Cherry Barbs (2 male, 6 female), 2 Kribensis (male and female), 1 Dwarf Gourami (male), 1 Albino Bristlenose Pleco

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    For personality in a small fish, you can't beat a betta. You can have a sorority, or a male with some neons/whatever tetras and shrimp. Shrimp are kinda cool to watch themselves, they are always busy.

    Also, loaches are busy little creatures, but you would have to stick with the smaller ones in a 29.

    I also like gouramis, with their feelers they have a few more idiosyncrasies than most community fish, but you have one so you know that. I have paradise gourami right now, and they are pretty personable for community fish.

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    What about Dojo loaches? I was considering a coldwater tank with just White Clouds and Dojos, but I wasn't sure it'd be interesting enough for my liking.
    moar tanks plz

    29g planted tank: 8 Cherry Barbs (2 male, 6 female), 2 Kribensis (male and female), 1 Dwarf Gourami (male), 1 Albino Bristlenose Pleco

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    If you want small cichlid with personality and gorgeous colors, go for the Apistogramma trifasciata. I got 2 a couple months ago and both have grown into gorgeous subadults. They actually had their first clutch of eggs a couple weeks ago. They lost the fry, but they're great fish. I'd advise you to get a male and multiple females, if possible. Try to have a 1m:4f ratio if you have the room. If not then just get a male. I've read that you can have 1 male A trisfasciata with another male of a different species and they'll be alright if there's enough territory. A triafasciata only grows to 3 inches, is carnivorous, has gorgeous coloration, and is a community fish. I urge you to buy captive bred fish though as wild caught are more aggressive.
    Last edited by Gesp56; 06-26-2013 at 12:34 AM.

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    Doing a pair of figure eight puffers would be cool. Or you could get into dwarf cichlid breading. Convicts are a good choice too but only a pair and nothing else
    I wonder if i plant one of my tiger barbs would the demon seed grow to a full tree?
    gotta love them bunnies!
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    Most dwarf cichlids and gouramis(including bettas) are personable. I love my bolivian rams as well as my honey gourami, who is a hilariously neurotic little thing. He constantly searches the tank for my reddish nerite snail and flares and spars with it because he thinks its a rival male even if it never reacts. Cories are also very interesting to watch in large schools, but don't have the intelligence of the aforementioned.

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    any of these following fish
    betta, dwarf gourmai, any type of ram, kribensis.
    i would personally go with a pair of kribs or a pair of rams
    i hear some people say, "i kept a goldfish in a bowl and it lived for a year."
    they don't know how lucky they were and all goldfish live at least 15 years in proper conditions.
    that is equal to saying my human lived in his closet for 5 years!

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