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Old 03-22-2013, 07:43 PM   #1 
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center piece fish for a 25g

I am trying to convince my mom to get me a 25g for my birthday in september and I want to try a different tropical fish than a betta. I really want a center piece fish that just makes your mouth drop so this is what I was think stocking wise in the aqueon 25g premium aquarium kit

1 dwarf gouramis (center piece fish)
6 pygmy cories
8 tetras (I'm still thinking about what kind)
6 ghost or RCS shrimp

also I'm planning on it being a heavily planted tank.
would this be overstocked? do you have any suggestions on the tank or the fish?
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Old 03-22-2013, 08:15 PM   #2 
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I thought I would suggest this, I saw it in store and it is so cool!
http://www.petsmart.com/product/inde...AvailInUS%2FNo

Plus, it has a bubbler!



Driftwood is beautiful also, real or fake
http://www.petsmart.com/product/inde...AvailInUS%2FNo
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Old 03-22-2013, 08:18 PM   #3 
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I really love the look of driftwood I am about to put some natural driftwood in both my bettas tanks
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Old 03-22-2013, 09:09 PM   #4 
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Awesome, I want some also. I'm waiting until my mother goes to Put-In-Bay this summer. It is an "island" here by ohio. I'm hoping she can find me some neat pieces!
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Old 03-22-2013, 09:27 PM   #5 
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I'd pick RCS over ghosts. Ghosts are almost impossible to breed in captivity (they have a larval stage), and they don't live longer than a year or so, IF they're not on death's door because pet stores think they're disposable.

RCS will keep replenishing the population as they go, they're also brightly colored, and "conventionally attractive".

Don't get me wrong, if I had the perfect setup for them to breed, I'd be keeping and breeding ghosts, they're my favorite. They're just a little more care intensive from the getgo, because you have to rehab them, just like bettas.
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Old 03-22-2013, 10:36 PM   #6 
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are plecos a better match for this tank?? or should I just stick with cories??
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Old 03-22-2013, 10:48 PM   #7 
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our pygmy cories are awesome, but they tend to be scarce.
We also have a bristlenose pleco, and an otocinclus. The only one of that group that we ever see is the oto.

If you go with a pleco, do your research, and make sure you buy from a reputable store, don't buy a "common" pleco and throw it in your tank, they're capable of getting over a foot long, and they become meat eaters and will attack your fish as they get older.
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Old 03-22-2013, 11:33 PM   #8 
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Are you planning on planting your tank?

Anyways, first on your plans..
Dwarf gourami tend to have a fatal virus that can transfer on to other fish (1 out of every 5 has it, though I personally think I'm seeing more cases of sick dwarf gourami lately). If you are still interested in small gourami, you could try a small group of honey gourami.

You pygmy cories and your tetras, I would have at least 10 of each. (Of course depends on the tetra, some I like are flame tetra, lemon tetra, black neon tetra, rummynose tetra). Tetras look good in bigger groups, if you plant your tank well you can have many more than if you don't plant it.

Another centerpiece fish would be a group of 3-4 apistogramma species (cockatoo cichild specifically). But you wouldn't be able to have shrimp with them. Then again, I think the gourami may eat the shrimp too.
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Old 03-23-2013, 12:59 AM   #9 
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Anything will go after shrimp if they're hungry enough. Our guppies wiped out a majority of ours.
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Old 03-23-2013, 06:03 AM   #10 
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I am trying to convince my mom to get me a 25g for my birthday in september and I want to try a different tropical fish than a betta. I really want a center piece fish that just makes your mouth drop so this is what I was think stocking wise in the aqueon 25g premium aquarium kit

1 dwarf gouramis (center piece fish)
6 pygmy cories
8 tetras (I'm still thinking about what kind)
6 ghost or RCS shrimp

also I'm planning on it being a heavily planted tank.
would this be overstocked? do you have any suggestions on the tank or the fish?
It's refreshing to see someone come up with a sensible stock list - it gets reeeeeeally old telling people no all the time. Good job!
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