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Stocking a (standard) 30 Gallon?

I have a well-planted standard 30 gallon that currently houses a Betta Splendens and some African Dwarf Frogs. The Betta is being moved to his own 20 Gallon (mainly due to the fact that he is a big fat bloodworm hog!) and I am planning on adding some small shoaling fish in his place, to create a nice community.

I've got quite a few ideas as to how I want to go about stocking the tank, and I am curious of what you all think. Here's the general idea of what I'm thinking:

ADF Colony ("centerpiece" inhabitants)
15 Tetras (5 black, 5 green & 5 regular neons)
10 Microrasorbas
Bunch of Neocaridina


Do you guys think this would work?

(I use an aquaclear 30 filter, by the way)

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Oh yeah and 4 Flying Fox

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Just going to throw this out there, but I like stronger filters--could you get an AquaClear 70? That's what I use on my 30L.

My other comment is that instead of 3 different kind of tetras, it would maybe be prettier/cooler if you could get all of one kind? My faves are glolights and bloodfins. Neons are pretty but I don't have the water to support them properly.

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Thanks a lot!

While I do prefer a stronger filter in certain set ups (to ensure the tank stays clean and free of debris and whatnot) such as with larger fish, it is not a good idea with ADF, and I don't know how the little Tetras would take it either.

The main reason I've chosen such small Tetras is so that there is less of a chance that they will consume eggs/tadpoles before I get a chance to scoop them out

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will to much current kill them or do they just not like it?
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It can kill them.

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Hmm..I guess I don't notice too strong of a current with my Aquaclear 70, but perhaps it's ok. Could you just get a big school of neons instead of the different colors? I do love neons in large numbers!
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I'm still debating on exactly what route to take with the Neons, I agree with how it's cool to see them all swim in one huge wall like that.
However, as a kid I had a big shoal of Neons and I found that all of them looking exactly the same made it hard for me to even count them, let alone examine them all and make sure they were healthy. What I'm thinking is that if the large group is broken down into smaller sanctions, it will make it easier to "keep an eye" on them in terms of health and maintenance. From what I have seen, because they're all neons (the same size/shape/general "type" of fish) they will shoal together anyways. Correct me if I am wrong! Haha

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I'm still debating on exactly what route to take with the Neons, I agree with how it's cool to see them all swim in one huge wall like that.
However, as a kid I had a big shoal of Neons and I found that all of them looking exactly the same made it hard for me to even count them, let alone examine them all and make sure they were healthy. What I'm thinking is that if the large group is broken down into smaller sanctions, it will make it easier to "keep an eye" on them in terms of health and maintenance. From what I have seen, because they're all neons (the same size/shape/general "type" of fish) they will shoal together anyways. Correct me if I am wrong! Haha
I bet they would shoal together, but I don't know if they would do it at all in a 30 gal tank. Most people that have a cool shoaling effect have very long tanks.
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Oh yes I know it works best in longer tanks.

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Pick up a bottom feeder. A cory cat, or maybe a clown or bristlenose pleco.
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Yeah I was thinking the same. Only thing is the majority of bottom feeders, like the Cory, often cause food competition with the ADF which is something I would like to avoid.
Maybe pygmies?

I was thinking of throwing in a bunch of Amano shrimp, that could work.

I don't wanna crowd the bottom as that's where the frogs spend most of their time.

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