Originally Posted by mkayum
I'd want both centerpiece and schooling fish but I already have two minnows. I couldn't give them up because they're bait fish and those two don't fit the theme of my tank. But I'll keep them anyway.
A bristlenose pleco sounds like a nice addition to my tank because I had several pleco and they would grow up to 5 inches and they'd just die on me. I'm not sure if bristlenose would do good job for cleaning the tank or are hardy enough.
For a centerpiece I'd go with one the apistos, there are tons of them and each one is gorgeous in it's own way
I'd also suggest keyholes, rams, and, my favorite, Nannacra anamola.
For schooling stick with the torpedo shaped bodied fish such as Kerri Blue tetras, cardinal tetras, rummynose tetra, zebra danio and so on.
The plecos that you've probably had are common plecos that can get up to24". Bristlenose plecos get 4-5" max, and are very hardy!