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)
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!