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New Tank, Small Fish?

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So, I'm planning on starting a 20-gallon long tank within the next month. Obviously planted, heavily, and then I would like to put some RCS, some fire red shrimp, or other types of shrimp into the tank. Along with the shrimp (which I would like to have around 30 to start off with), I want to add some fish and nerites.

I have been looking around for a nice schooling fish which I can get around 15 of. None have really peaked my interest, the ones that I like the most are neon or cardinal tetras, but I am just looking for something you aren't going to find everywhere.

I saw pea puffers, but then read up on them and they said that they can be quite aggressive, which is no bueno. I want to know if this is true, or if I would be able to get some.

I would like fish that don't grow over 1.5" since if they grow too big they will become a threat to the shrimp.

If there are any other suggestions for fish that aren't your everyday fish, please let me know. Thank you.
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I have recently found a few strains of pretty guppy/endler hybrids available - they have the smaller size of endlers but the beautiful established color patterns of guppies and the males typically won't get longer than 1.5" or maybe 2" for a bigger one.

Purple lumin (guppy endler hybrid, only males available): Purple Lumin 1"

Sunset endler/guppy (only males available): Sunset Endler/Guppy

Dwarf blue panda guppy (these are a hybrid but they're not always labeled as such): https://aquaticarts.com/products/blue-panda-guppy

There are quite a few options like this, I just shared some of the ones that caught my interest during my research.
 
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