I just learned that the worms aren't vinegar eels like I thought. They're detritus worms, which are basically underwater versions of teensy earthworms.
I don't know for certain, but I'm going for something like this;
3-4 forktail blue eyes
*Scarlet badis (May only have one of those two, I'm trying to decide if the gourami would bother the forktails. Definitely going with a badis... They're so sweet!)
Approximately 40 microrasbora-type fish. I may have celestial pearl danios, not sure.
About 20 cories. These will be dwarf and pygmy cories, possibly just pygmies.
10 or so adult cherry shrimp for starters. I plan to just let the shrimp breed all they want for me, I won't bother with genetics. If they start getting crowded and I can't sell them, I'll just put some of the big ones in my 65.
I know it's a large number of fish, but since these fellows are just so tinsy and the tank's going to be heavily planted, it should work.
Ooh, amano shrimp? I hadn't considered those. Maybe I'll put one in... The tank's small enough that I'd probably see it often, and having a shrimp as the biggest thing in the tank would be neat. As far as I know, amanos are totally harmless to pretty much everything... Correct?
I know that amanos can run on land. I had one decide to make like a cockroach and run right up out of my net! They're hard to catch when they do that, too.
Make sure you find some way to tone down the pump in the filter... It was pushing the fish around. I finally arranged some plastic sticks and string to flatten out the tubing for the pump so that it limits the flow somewhat.
You'll also want to make sure you won't end up with fish getting in the filter. I just put a piece of filter cartrige mesh in the overflow bit between the 1st and 2nd compartments, so things can go into the first compartment and swim around, but they won't get stranded in the half-dry environment of the 2nd compartment. They can easily swim out of the 1st compartment, the flow isn't quite fast enough to trap them and I figure that if they're all hiding in there I have a problem.
I already have a male/female pair of the blue-eyes. They aren't the spotted sort, but I think the only real difference is color and finnage. I know you want more females than males, but my LFS was only selling them in pairs, I'm getting more females soon. I like them...
They weren't all that shy when I first put them in, even though there wasn't much plant life at the time, and they've been nice and active. I should note one thing; if you try to catch them in a net, they dive for the plants and try to burrow underneath them. It's hard to find them when they do that!
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