I used some media from another tank I have running. Also I have a ton of plants in there (especially lots of anacharis), except the anacharis is short so it's hard to see. Definitely have 40 individual plants in the tank, and I am planning on getting more plants to put on the driftwood
Ok. I was thinking of adding cories first, then gourami, then tetras, and finally the sae. Is that good?
I would start with the tetra, then cories, then gourami, and then sae. This is the order of fish sensitive to nitrates that I have noticed. The sae can be aggressive from what I have read so I think they should be last.
I also changed up my stocking a bit. Here it is now:
1 pearl gourami
15 neon tetras
5 zebra danios
6 net or panda cories
Danios are very hardy. Some use them to cycle a tank so add them first. Then the cories, gourami, and last neon tetra. Neon tetra aren't as strong as use to be. You need more plants to have more than 10 neon tetra. Start slow or fish die.