So I've played around with some cold-water species in a little tank, did a planted setup with some flame tetras and gouramis, tested a guppy breeding fest, tried out some aggressive cichlids (jack dempsey, green terror... btw the dempsey just tried to kill the terror the whole time - had a mean one I guess), etc.
Alas, now I want to setup a tank that's attractive, low maintenance, and relaxing. Enter my new 33 gallon
33 gallon glass, 36"x12"x18" [LxWxH]
AquaClear 300GPH HOB filter
Sliding clear glass top
Coralife Aqualite 36" - 2x21 watt T-5 bulbs (6,700k and 10,000k) with aluminium reflector - on an automatic timer
"River Gravel" substrate (2mm~ in size)
Logs with some java moss
6 * head & tail-light tetras
6 * glowlight tetras
6 * neon tetras
6 * black skirt tetras (not pictured, were added 3 days after this picture)
2 * otto sucker catfish
2 * ghost shrimp (one has a number of babies [recently hatched eggs] in her little swimmy feet thingies)
The tank is pretty calm, but always has movement in it. They weren't schooling especially well until the black skirts were introduced, now the black skirts stick to themselves, the head & tail lights to themselves, and the neons and glowlights together. Overall it looks very nice. Things should look really good once the valls start reaching for the surface. Will post follow up pics later.