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    So my beloved betta Blizzard finally passed away. I was wondering if anyone could recommend a neat "centerpiece" fish for my 29 gallon. It's a planted tank 72, degrees, neutral pH, hard water. I wanted to do a goldfish, but fear for my plants even though most aren't the kind they like to eat (java fern, anubias, crypts, bronze wentz, wistera). It currently has 2 cory cats, 6 rummy nose tetra, and 8 pentazona barbs. I've had poor luck with grouamis, but would consider trying again. I could stick to the betta root, but they have shorter life spans and I always get so attached!
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    Err... 5, 6 years seems quite a decent age for a betta. I think they also like it a bit warmer than 72. So would a lot of the more obvious choices like rams.
    3 potted plants and 6 strings of plastic do not make a planted tank!

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    Quote Originally Posted by wijnands
    Err... 5, 6 years seems quite a decent age for a betta. I think they also like it a bit warmer than 72. So would a lot of the more obvious choices like rams.
    I've gotten mine to typically 3-3.5. Never 6! Wow. Now I feel terrible. Goldfish with a span of >10 years just seems awesome.

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    Please don't put goldfish in with tropical fish. Goldfish are coldwater fish and should really be in a large tank or a pond. They're also really messy so need lots and lots of filtration. I kept goldfish for quite a few years and found them to be very intelligent, interactive fish that need stimulation and space. They may well uproot your plants.

    For your tank I wouldn't go for a centrepiece - I'd up your rummynoses and barbs to at least 10 per group and add a few more cories. You'll have three nice shoals then.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ~firefly~
    For your tank I wouldn't go for a centrepiece - I'd up your rummynoses and barbs to at least 10 per group and add a few more cories. You'll have three nice shoals then.
    That was my initial thought as well.
    3 potted plants and 6 strings of plastic do not make a planted tank!

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    That's true! Maybe I'll just do that. I agree that my tank isn't really that suited for a goldfish, which was why I was hoping for some good ideas. A 29 really doesn't have a lot of "centerpiece" options due to it's size anyway; I was hoping there was something I didn't know about! I might try a betta again...I love their personalities. I'll keep my eyes peeled for rummy nose at the LFS.

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