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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 02-25-2019, 08:32 PM Thread Starter
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Which fish to start with?

We're putting together a moderately planted 55 freshwater community tank and we would like some recommendations for which fish from our planned list to start with. We also are planning to get some shrimp at some point but we know we need a mature tank for that. Here is our list:

Dwarf gourami
Kuhli loaches
Oto cats

I was thinking guppies since we will still have some new-ish plants for a while, but i'd like suggestions.
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I tend to like the various species of tetras, but the other fish you mention should do fine also. You may not see much of the kuhli loaches, as they tend to hide.

Also consider the various species of rasbora.
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I second @DaveK rasbora recommendation. The harlequin rasbora for example is extremely durable. Tetras are good, but some species like cardinals, neons can be difficult in a new setup. I would also wait on the otos.
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