I also have the 5 gallon Spec i currently have a panda cory and want to get him a friend. i was also thinking a dwarf or sparkling gourami and a few cardinal tetras or similar small bright fish. Any input or stocking suggestions please!
Corbin, cories are schooling fish. I would suggest you rehome the panda, as there isn't really space for a school of his kind. You could keep a small school of pygmy or dwarf cories in there, but not much else. A 5g is a very small tank.
My adventures in keeping Indostomus crocodilus, the crocodile toothpick fish. AKA armored stickleback, paradox fish, and freshwater pipefish. Care is (to the best of my knowledge) exactly the same as Indostomus paradoxus.
you could do pygmy sunfish, cpd, small rasboras(chilli,exclamation point), small cories(pygmy,salt&pepper) small characins(neons, embers),pea puffer, multies,bettta, dwarf honey gourami, liqorice gourami, sparkling gourami or hara jerdoni.