Thanks for the suggestions all!
What about dwarf puffers? I have seen some real brightly colored exotic looking black/yellows (of course I have also seen some that look quite dull).
I've had the pea puffers before and this layout doesn't really have much cover for breaking up sight lines which would be needed with more than one in such a small tank. The larger puffers I think prefer brackish.
I like the goby or puffer suggestions. Not sure about tank size requirements, and possibility of jumping out, but what about some killifish? Some, like gardneri,certainly have the saltwater coloring. Cool idea btw, subscribed. Maybe some star moss, disguised as some polyps?
Funny you should mention killies. I'm picking up a few pairs of clowns from a local breeder at our meet this weekend and they might make their way in here. The star moss would be awesome but from the things I've read the stuff doesn't do well submerged long term. If you have some exp. with it otherwise definitely let me know as the look of the stuff would be a sure add.
Endlers have some cool saltwaterish colors. I have some in my cube tank and dig em
Endlers! yea thats a good thought too. I think there was someone in our club keeping some registered ones... Black bar N? don't know much about them.
It doesn't appear at the moment that the peacock gudgeons are going to work out. My pair came in today and they look great. Currently tooling around in my 10 gallon 'tiger in my tank' layout. They may just be settling in but I've seen both of them slam hard right into the top rim already. So much so that I'm considering moving them again tonight into a half filled 29 gallon with some clown plecos and pygmy cories. Its too bad because I though they had the most potential for being saltwater fakers.
Some other nice suggestions from folks in my local club. Dario Dario aka scarlet badis, other darters/shiners, microfish like boraras.
Now that the gudgeons might not work out I may switch up and try to do a micro community (within reason of course). I think the hardest thing to get a line on is Brachygobius xanthomelas. Both of my lfs don't have them on their order lists and Franks is out of stock. Of course they may not fit into a community very well either. I'll have to sleep on it a while. The fortunate thing is I have quite a few empty tanks at the moment so I can afford a few mis-firings.