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  1. Default Centerpiece for 46g Bowfront

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    Hey everyone,
    This is my first time posting, so thanks in advance for any tips/suggestions.
    First a little background: I have a 46 gallon bowfront currently stocked with 6 neon tetra, 6 diptail pencilfish, 1 male dwarf gourami, 1 female betta, 1 male pineapple swordfish and 1 african dwarf frog. The tank has live plants and a large piece of driftwood. Water Parameters are good, and I usually keep the temp at 76 degrees F, pH: 7.4.

    Second: I want a larger centerpiece fish, and any suggestions would be much appreciated.


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    Welcome to the AC, great folks and info here....I sure you'll get some good suggestions, but in the meantime, how about a pic of your tank?...we love pics and vids here
    10 Gallon Beginner Tank... Journal
    40 Gallon Breeder: ... Journal
    29 Gallon: ... Journal

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    Here is my tank, added some of the fish listed in the OP, a larger filter and some root tabs to enhance plant growth.

    Sorry about the size
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    Last edited by hooked312; 03-23-2014 at 08:31 PM.

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    Very nice! this a relatively new set-up? I like that piece of driftwood.
    10 Gallon Beginner Tank... Journal
    40 Gallon Breeder: ... Journal
    29 Gallon: ... Journal

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    welcome to the forum.
    before you put any other fish in there, I would strongly urge you to increase the amount of cover in your tank, dim your light or both.
    fish don't like open spaces, especially if brightly lit, which may be why your fish seem to hug the ground instead of swimming around.

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    + to above. Also, your tank should be fully cycled before you add any more fish, so when you say water parameters are good, what does that mean?
    To be fully cycled, Ammonia must be 0, nitrites must be 0 and nitrates should ideally be 20ppm or below.
    What are your readings?

    As for a centerpiece fish - when your tank is ready - I would suggest a single angel but with the neons and the pencil fish, that might become a future problem. the angel may see them as food.
    An opine gourami might be nice. You'd have to read up on what size tank and what tank mates would be suitable, but you might even be able to have a pair of them.
    Last edited by fishmommie; 03-24-2014 at 12:40 AM.
    30 g FW planted:corys, female ABNP, blue angel, harleys, zebra danios, rummies,
    15 g FW planted:2 male guppies, neons, pygmy corys, clown pleco, 4 types of shrimp, assassin snails
    90 Gal Journal:
    fishless cycling:
    fish in cycling:

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    Thanks for the insight so far.

    As for cover, I am in the market/waiting for the snow to be gone in order to find some more rocks, and hopefully the root tabs will help increase the plant growth.

    As for the nitrogen cycle. This tank is a month old, but fortunately I had previously been running a 10 gallon (6 months) that I had the filter media for this much larger tank, seeding in for couple weeks before starting the new tank. I only added my 10g fish for the first week and since have added the pencilfish, sword and 3 more neons this week. The readings have been: ammonia 0, nitrites 0, and nitrates have been fluctuated between 10-20ppm according to my API kit.

    A few questions: how long until a small angel grows up and eats all my neons? Would the opine gourami get a long with the dwarf gourami?


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    I think Fishmommie may have missed the part with the dwarf gourami. anabantids(gouramis, bettas) usually must be kept singly in tanks
    due to their territoriality with each other. I actually am surprised that you aren't finding any issues with the female betta and gourami.

    there really is no fixed time when an angel will start regarding the neons as food. some never will. however, by the time you find out that your angel
    regards its tankmates as prey, it will usually be too late for at least one.

    I think that once you get that tank settled, an ideal "centerpiece" would be a smallish peaceful yet hardy cichlid, such as a keyhole cichlid.

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    +1 To the cichlid idea. A ram might be a good addition.


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    I like the idea of a cichlid, but have been too nervous about their aggression. Just read up on keyholes being "peaceful".

    Any info on checkerboard's?

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