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View Poll Results: Which centrepiece fish?
Spectacular male splendens 2 25.00%
Betta channoides pair 3 37.50%
Cockatoo cichlid pair 1 12.50%
Blue ram pair 1 12.50%
Gold ram pair 0 0%
Macmasteri dwarf cichlid pair 0 0%
Other? 1 12.50%
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Old 05-22-2013, 06:51 AM   #1 
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Centrepiece fish

Ok, guyzles. It's time. Time, that is, to decide once and for all what I want in my Amazon tank as my centrepiece fish. I present to you, for your voting pleasure, the shortlist!

But first, a little tank detail:
Dimensions: 14.5w x 14.5d x 18h (inches)
Capacity: 16 gallons (ish)
Filtration: Fluval U1 and U2 (total 45 gallon rating)
Substrate: white sand with a covering of IAL
Decor: twisted goldvine, rocks
Intended inhabitants: 8 ember tetras, 8 pygmy cories
Lighting: dim, filtered through tannin-stained water

The shortlist for "centrepiece fish":
- some form of spectacular male betta splendens
- blue ram pair
- gold ram pair
- cockatoo cichlid pair
- macmasteri dwarf cichlid pair
- betta channoides pair

To me, each set has a distinct advantage. The betta splendens because, live everyone here, I have an addiction to their incredible beauty. All the cichlids are both beautiful and are Amazon natives, so would thrive in my setup. Finally, the betta channoides would be a wonderful step into the world of wild-type bettas, and should do pretty well in my setup. All of the pairs have the advantage of potentially spawning for me, which would be spectacular. But I don't know what to choose! Help me!

I would love to know your reason, too. :) I'll submit a picture of my tank as soon as I can get a good one.
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Old 05-22-2013, 10:16 AM   #2 
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I voted Betta Channoides but I really mean either Macmaster's Dwarf cichlid OR Betta Channoides. I think either would be suitable for this set up. Rams need 20 gallons and become agressive towards other fish when spawning so I don't think they would be a good match. Cockatoo cichlids I don't know enough about but I believe they do best in a 3f:1m ratio. The betta channoides is obviously the best looking pair in the group so I would say go with them however the Mcmaster's dwarf cichlid pair would make the amazon tank more authentic.
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Old 05-22-2013, 11:27 AM   #3 
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I am going to try to hunt down some licorice gouramis I just discovered them in a magazine awesome little fish
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