what about some species of freshwater goby or maybe some gudgeons. probably only 6 or 7 boraras brigittae
While those are really cool fish, they wouldn't quite fit the aesthetic I'm trying to achieve. Thanks for the suggestion though!
what brand and how soft are those clear hose you bought when comparing to the OEM EHEIM hose that came with the filter. I am having problem sliding the hose on to the lily pipes . . so i am looking for another hose thats slightly bigger.
They are ADA hoses- 10mm and 13mm. I haven't attached either type of hose to my lily pipes yet (I'm waiting to flood), so I don't have any hard data for you, but the ADA hoses are specifically designed to fit onto the lily pipes, and they do also feel a bit more pliable than the Eheim's. Oh, also, they look one heck of a lot better.
Gobies tend to require highly oxygenated water and aren't exactly going to be suited to a setup like this. They like to dig and need lots of smooth, flat surfaces to chill out on and to eat yummy aufwuchs from.
If you go the Pygmy Cory route, remember that they do better and feel better in larger numbers. I wouldn't get fewer than six and ideally, no fewer than a dozen (but maybe not in this tank).
Boraras brigittae could work but know that they could be potential jumpers - especially in a shallow tank. But their size is absolutely perfect for your scape and will look amazing.
I was tinkering with the idea of Pygmy Cory's because I was thinking they would add a more natural and "complete" feel to the tank. I'm trying hard not to fall directly into the Iwagumi category- I'm looking to create a different feel than that. So they would be more of a subtle accent, anything over 5 seems to me like overkill. I'll think about it and do some research, it's not like I'm in a hurry.
I have had B. Brigittae in this tank before, and they were great. In my experience, fish jump when they're unhappy with the environment. I just love those little guys!