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Fauna for the walstad bowl

'ello all! As you may know, recently I started a 2 gallon 'walstad' bowl (it isn't technically a walstad setup...I'm using an air powered filter). The tank is currently cycling (ammonia read .5 ppm yesterday!), but I would like some opinions on some potential fauna before that happens. I was considering a pair or small group of Elassoma or Dario...they're tiny, inactive, don't have much of a bioload...but what are some options you guys would suggest?
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Scarlet badis, galaxy rasbora, shrimp. That's just some ideas.


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I like the Elassoma idea. I have wild E. zonatum that I caught myself and love them. Do those and some ghost shrimp. Kind of a mini biotope.

Bump: Or, Heterandria formosa, least killifish.

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I was more thinking E. evergladei myself, but thankx for confirming that my idea isn't terrible.
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I hear the fry like to eat each other.


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I hear the fry like to eat each other.
Most fish fry will do this as the ones that mature faster will eat their smaller siblings. That's why many breeders separate their broods eventually.

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What do you guys think about dwarf crays in such a bowl?
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Maybe one CPO?

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I have a pair of the Okey Elassomas in one 10g tank and two females in the other 10g tank. They don't get along well as you should already know. They won't continuosly
hunt each other like some fish, but in a small bowl I'd stick to one male Everglades Elassoma and two or three
female least killi fish. They shouldn't bother each other and it's a fair bio-load for that bowl. Most importantly no breeding going on.

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