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Ok, finally ready to set up my 30g!

I'll be picking up my 30g today or tomorrow from my friend's mom and starting to gt it set up! I have a few questions:

1) The only kind of planted tank-specific substrate they have at my LFS is eco-complete....does this kind leach ammonia? I've tried to search on here a litlte and i think the answer is no, but figured I'd double check.

2) I plan on using mulm from my well-established 20g, as well as some established substrate in the filter to jump start my cycle, and I'll add a lot of my healthy excess plants, should I add fish right away to provide food for the bacteria? Will it be likely that I can achieve a silent cycle? Or would it be safer to dose with ammonia to get the cycle really going?

3) Back to stocking options, I'm still thinking about going with lots of nano-type fish. But I'm wondering how big do honey gourami's get? I saw some 2cm little adorable ones at my LFS, but do they stay that small?
How big do celebes rainbows get? those were pretty little things too
and what about threadfin rainbows?

So I'm thinking:
Sparkling OR Honey gouramis (i know i probably can't do both)
Corydoras Pygmaeus (definitely on the list because i already have them :-P)
Threadfin Rainbows?
Celebes Rainbows?
Some microrasbora species?

Suggestions are welcome! I want to do little fish (with maybe a few threadfin or celebes rainbows as a centerpiece if they stay small?) to make the tank look bigger

Clean-up crew suggestions needed too

ALL suggestions welcome!


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honey gouramis stay around 2 in, i've had them and they are awsome.
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2in? Hmm that's small for a gourami but I think it's bigger than I'm looking for, I think i'll go with teh sparkling gouramis.

Thanks for letting me know!


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praecox rainbows (dwarf neons) stay 2inches ish and are gorgeous they have a metallic blue/purple tinge to their bodies. so cool.
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Thanks for the input, 2in is actually a bit bigger than I'd like I think, but thanks for the suggestion. It look like all rainbows are out unless I go with threafins as a centerpiece (they're about 2" also, but i like their look better than the praecox, no offense :-P)


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haha youre looking for tiny fish! kudos for not wanting to cramp them!!
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I have eco complete in my 29g. There's no ammonia being leaked, but it may raise your kh/gh for a few months. Mines starting to drop now after about 4 months.
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yeah i'm thinking nano-type fish to make it look like the tank is huge :-P Pygmy cories and the like Probably sparkling gouramis are the "biggest" i want to go unless, like i said, i do a few threadfins as "centerpiece" (since the sparkling gouramis tend to be on the shy side :-P)


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Clean-up crew suggestions needed too
MTS,MTS,MTS and More MTS! Maybe some Olive Nerites for the glass if you can find them. Dwarf Crayfish are a good bottom scavenger but can be a bit on the aggressive side.

If your staying with very small fish, you could always add RCS.
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I'm honestly not a huge snail fan, thanks for the suggestion though

I was thinking about shrimp though since i will be doing lots of tiny fish, should be a neat change!


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i would never set up another tank and not think about putting shrimp in it. even ghost shrimp. great clean up crew
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