First let me introduce myself: I am me. While I have been coming to this forum for info/research I figured I'd better join to make the most of all this juicy knowledge. I had been doing aquariums for almost a year (end of August marks 1 year.) and got hooked on planted tanks almost immediately!
Anyway, I recently acquired a 75 gallon tank that I'm resealing (actually I'm waiting for the silicone to dry/cure right now) but that hasnt stopped my imagination from running away from this tank. I've an idea as to my stocking and equipment but I'm lost on one thing: a shoal of fish. That's where I need some advice...
So my stocking plans are as follows: 4 Angelfish (hopefully in pairs), 3-4 Apistogramma Cacatoides (1 male and females are dependent on availability, which isn't looking good), a group of otos for algae control maybe 6-8. I'm considering some panda cories for debris cleanup between water changes (okay, I just want a school of cories...
) but I'm afraid that the apistos will not like that, as the will probably take up most of the bottom part of the aquarium. The plants? Swords everywhere with one nice red sword in the middle (red tiger lotus if I can't get the red sword), and an anubis nana. It will probably be open top.
All that's missing is a school of fish. I don't know what to get and how many. I would like the biggest possible amount of that fish I can comfortably add. I was thinking rummynose tetras because they school the best I've heard. Emperor tetras are another but I have yet to do and research on them other than the may get nippy. I like cherry barbs too but barbs are usually nippy.
So before this post turn essay turns into a bestselling book, I would like some ideas on shoaling fish that would coexist with the angels. What are you favorites and why? Level of care is NOT an issue, in fact, I welcome a challenge so no neons
... And of course, and opinions, advice, criticism and whatnot is welcome.