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Tree stump nano- stocking

Setting up a new 7.5 gallon nano tank with this tree stump with roots. Planted with anubias, cyperus helferi, dwarf hairgrass and moss to come. Low tech with excel and ferts as needed. Tank has been up and running for a week now. Filtration is Mignon 150 with some biobeads and purigen added. See attached pic.

I plan to add some cherry shrimp and chili rasboras (5-7). Question is how what else can I put in there? I regularly monitor ammonia and nitrate levels and can do regular water changes.

What about other nano fish? Can I add another 5 axelrod rasboras (less than 1 inch). What about bottom dwellers like a school of pygmy corys? I dont want anything that burrows in the sand though.
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In a 7.5 I'd stick with shrimp only or shrimp plus one schooling nano fish. Two will look disorganized and messy and will absolutely over crowd the fish. Water changes don't fix that stress.

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In a 7.5 I'd stick with shrimp only or shrimp plus one schooling nano fish. Two will look disorganized and messy and will absolutely over crowd the fish. Water changes don't fix that stress.

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You are probably right. So I will choose between the boraras and the Axelrod. But would be nice to have something stay down between the roots such as the pygmy corys
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@anfield I've never had pygmy corys just stay at the bottom, they always seemed to spend more time mid- or event top layer. Chili rasboras will look amazing though!

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I'm not huge with Cories but I've also heard they especially pygmies they don't spend all their time at the bottom... Plus the shrimps will be all over the ground and the plants you won't need bottom fish

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Cool. Any thoughts about having a solitary dwarf crayfish in there as well?
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That’s a cool piece of decor.

I agree with above: the shrimp will give you a bottom population (and everywhere else), and keep fish to one single breed in a group, like the chilis. Another type of fish in there would not be as nice, to me, as 10 chilis. Behavior from a larger group is worth the limitation.

As others said, pygmy cories go everywhere. They’re all over the place in my 40b, including grazing at the surface under the duckweed, along the leaves of Aponogeton, and among the rock piles. They’re not bottom dwellers.


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I can only grow plants when they're completely under water. Everything else is doomed.
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