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  1. #1

    Default Individual-looking, fw, community fish for a 40 gal?

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    What types of fish might I consider that are either fine with being a singleton of their species or have very different looks between individuals?

    My oldest daughter threw me a curve ball tonight and asked if we could get some more fish that they can tell apart thus name.

    The 3 current Platys fit that bill nicely, so now Im looking for something else. Id either need 3 of this species (or multiples of 3, if they have a schooling need) or 3 different individual critters.

    Anything I consider must be very peaceful, be able to tolerate a pH of 8, temp of 78-80 F and not eat my RCS or be prolific jumpers. My signature lists current stocking and I plan to purchase a group of Corydoras sterbai in the next few days or so.

    This sounds to me like a tall order, but I am hopeful that yall might suggest a few options. Thank you for reading.

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    Platies, mollies, guppies, swordtails, are obvious choices. They come in basically any color imaginable. Dwarf gouramis (typically you can only buy the males) do fine in singles. A type of rainbowfish might be cool, as the males and the females look different (the females are plain though, and you'd want a small school of them so there would be a few repeats). Some types of rainbows would probably eat the shrimp, so look at the smaller types.

    Other than that, there are options like snails which are easy to get in different colors.
    Last edited by Zander; 07-11-2014 at 05:01 AM.

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    depending on the filter... you might get away with a nice school of 10 cory catfish
    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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    A male Pearl Gourami. The most peaceful of the Gouramis. You're kids will flip when they see it too. So beautiful. I would recommend increasing your plant load so there is a bit more cover for him as they like that. But he should be just fine. Also if you can find one rather small it would work even better because they can watch him grow up and he's less likely to have any problems with his tank mates when he gets to full size.
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    the sparkling or honey gourami would work tpp

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    I like Compass's idea of a Pearl gourami. I keep these, Laetacara dorsigera, one runs everybody out of it's territory but has never realy harmed anybody.

    If not look at Papiliochromis ramirezi, they always look cool.
    Last edited by steeler58; 07-13-2014 at 12:45 AM.
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    Oh oh get a pair of Bolivian rams and a small school of upside down catfish

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    yah I was thinking a Bolivian ram as well, tho I do not know what water they like. They are just a fish I have always admired, but never kept.
    20gal long planted community

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