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Stocking suggestions for a Mr. Aqua 7.5g cube

So, I recently set up my Mr. Aqua 7.5 cube after several years out of the game. Hard scape consists of one piece of wood that rises out of the top on the right rear of the tank and a couple of pieces of slate on the left. So far it is planted with 3 variations of anubias (nana, congensis, frazeri) and a couple of small needle leaf javas that will eventually fill in the back. Everything is young and sparse right now. The plan is to eventually have an anubias forest with the java giving some height in the rear.

My thoughts are to go with a school of white clouds (maybe 6) and 4 hasbrosus cory or 4 pygmys.

Does anyone have any suggestions? I haven't seen too many members with the 7.5 on here for inspiration.
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White clouds are cool. I've been looking at some rainbow shiners. You might want to check them out as a possible alternative.
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I am currently setting up a 7.5 gallon cube as well. Plants and fish should arrive within the week. I chose to go with black bar endlers. But I was also considering a school of ember tetras or chili rasboras. Tank will be heavily planted but I did not want to overstock.
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White clouds are cool. I've been looking at some rainbow shiners. You might want to check them out as a possible alternative.
Those are really neat. I like the cold water fish and I haven't seen these guys before. I'll have to do some more research on them. Thanks for the suggestion!

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I am currently setting up a 7.5 gallon cube as well. Plants and fish should arrive within the week. I chose to go with black bar endlers. But I was also considering a school of ember tetras or chili rasboras. Tank will be heavily planted but I did not want to overstock.
Both of these little guys were in the running. I like that the chili rasboras are from somewhat stagnant waters. That makes water parameters a little less critical. A small tank and small inhabitants can be tricky at times.
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White clouds are cool. I've been looking at some rainbow shiners. You might want to check them out as a possible alternative.
I wouldn't suggest rainbow shiners for a 7.5g. I googled them, and they get 5-8 cm long, which seems a touch large for that size tank. Also, the shiners I've seen are VERY active, too active for anything but a larger tank.


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A small tank and small inhabitants can be tricky at times.
How so? I have never kept such a small tank before, but figured that a smaller fish would be appropriate.
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How so? I have never kept such a small tank before, but figured that a smaller fish would be appropriate.
It's just a case of small tank equals small volume of water, instabilities, parameters swings ect happen much faster in a smaller volume of water
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It's just a case of small tank equals small volume of water, instabilities, parameters swings ect happen much faster in a smaller volume of water
I think that comes down to filtration, stock and maint. I have a 55g and 29g that require more work to keep "correct" than my 10 and 8.7g dirt tanks that require maybe a water change once a month but are always stable.


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It's just a case of small tank equals small volume of water, instabilities, parameters swings ect happen much faster in a smaller volume of water
Exactly what I meant. I know some people never have fewer issues than others, but I want to err on the side of caution.
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I have a 8 gallon with 3 bumble bee goby and 3 sparkling gourami's. You could also do small rainbows. That a would be smallest I would go for cory's. Just not a lot of bottom area for very many.
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I decided on the white clouds. I got 9 and I think that's all I'm going to put in this one. I have a 75 gallon reef ready tank I plan to set up in the next couple of months. I have a lot of work to do planning that one out and building a stand. I thinking rainbows for that one.
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