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Something that will stand out with its size but is 100% peaceful as I do not want victims in there! THANKS!
 

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Denison's barb AKA Roseline shark. Peaceful, few inches long, very attracive. If I had a larger community tank they would be in it for sure.

Careful where you get them as I have seen a very big variation in health and quality with this fish. For example, a certain large chain store at Pickering Town Center has a very sick bunch of these, which refuse even frozen food (I was there when they fed).

Finatics in Mississauga (Dixie Rd North of 401) had some very healthy ones last time I was there.
 

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I've had some very peaceful and large Pearl Gouramis in my time.
 

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Thanks for the recommendations guys! Here are my thoughts

- Denison Barbs. I LOVE THEM. But considering that they are very expensive I haven't bought any yet. I cannot give 100 bucks for a small group of them. I am sure If I search I may find cheaper stores but as I do not drive it is pretty difficult for me.

- Pearl gouramis (any kind of gourami) is a hit and miss for me. I like them but if they will be peaceful or not is not always sure. I may do it though

- Leporinus. I like them but not a lot. Also, they are considered semi-aggressive. no?

Also, no. Not all big fish will eat the smaller ones. The correct way to put it is " All fish that can fit in another fish's mouth might be eaten if the big fish has a reason to do so". For example I cannot see how would a denison barb eat a neon tetra. Anyway.
 

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Thanks for the recommendations guys! Here are my thoughts

- Denison Barbs. I LOVE THEM. But considering that they are very expensive I haven't bought any yet. I cannot give 100 bucks for a small group of them. I am sure If I search I may find cheaper stores but as I do not drive it is pretty difficult for me.

- Pearl gouramis (any kind of gourami) is a hit and miss for me. I like them but if they will be peaceful or not is not always sure. I may do it though

- Leporinus. I like them but not a lot. Also, they are considered semi-aggressive. no?

Also, no. Not all big fish will eat the smaller ones. The correct way to put it is " All fish that can fit in another fish's mouth might be eaten if the big fish has a reason to do so". For example I cannot see how would a denison barb eat a neon tetra. Anyway.
You can get 1-2" denison barbs for $4-6 a piece. Only the larger fish are expensive.
 

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If you find a good petsmart, then you are fine, the one here in Kingston is good. It all depends on the people running it.
 

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I've kept several different types of gouramis in my time, and I can vouch that the Pearl ones are the most docile.
Don't group them with opaline, three-spot, moonlight, paradise or gold gouramis. They are more aggressive than Pearls.
The only time I've see Pearls get feisty is with other Pearls when they are defining territory or during mating season.
 

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SO, some updates

1) About petsmart, of course it is about the specific store but they also have policies. I do not care how good their fish are, I was talking about the $20/denison barb thing.

2) I house rosy barbs, neon tetras, glow light tetras, red minor tetras, rummynose, lamp eye and snails. oh and two apistogrammas.

3) I bought 4 gouramis. 2 gold and 2 blue. Until now they are hiding. Normal for first day in a lit aquarium with many other fish. Let's see how it goes.

4) Other fish I LOVE are the rainbow fish. The pretty ones are expensive though
 

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SO, some updates

1) About petsmart, of course it is about the specific store but they also have policies. I do not care how good their fish are, I was talking about the $20/denison barb thing.

2) I house rosy barbs, neon tetras, glow light tetras, red minor tetras, rummynose, lamp eye and snails. oh and two apistogrammas.

3) I bought 4 gouramis. 2 gold and 2 blue. Until now they are hiding. Normal for first day in a lit aquarium with many other fish. Let's see how it goes.

4) Other fish I LOVE are the rainbow fish. The pretty ones are expensive though
Three-spot gouramis like that are not particularly mellow fish. If you were looking for peaceful fish for your aquarium, they're not it. You'd have been much better off with a pair of pearl gouramis IMO.
 

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a very large black piranha! :)

odd ball + stands out from the rest! :)
 

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Agreed that your Gouramis are not docile, and female bettas in a 75? They'll have to compete to eat with those tetras and rainbowfish zipping around...
 
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