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Stocking suggestions for an aquastyle 9

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For Christmas my son will get an Aquastyle 9 to house his betta, which has been kept in a giant low tech bowl along with 6 embers and a ramshorn snail. Our betta is an Amano shrimp killer, so all shrimp are out of the question. I'm just wondering a few things...

If we didn't have our betta I would be inclined to go with German rams. My kid loves Nemo, and these are pretty close to a freshwater version of a clownfish as far as I'm concerned. Besides, I have always loved these guys.

I want to fill out my school of embers. I was initially on the fence about whether to do embers or chili rasboras, but the LFs was out of chilies which made my decision easy. That said, what about throwing some chilies in with the embers? Could I do 2 small schools? If so, is it dumb to do another red fish?

I love corys and think my son would find them amusing, but am worried about how much amazonia aquasoil silt a school of pygmies will kick up. Bad idea?

Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. The betta is blue by the way.
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Thanks cynical fish guy. The tank will be heavily planted, and I will just stick with the stock filter, though I could switch out media if it's advised

I've even doing some research and I've read that some people have had their embers harass and kill chilis, which is surprising.

Our betta is good with the embers, so I am hoping that he will be good with other fish that don't look like bettas. I'd like this to be a really interesting little micro community, an am hoping for some suggestions.

I'm concerned about the aquasoil getting stirred up constantly by bottom dwellers. Is that a reasonable concern or should I just get over it and go with the Pygmy corys? Alternate ideas for lower level fish would be helpful. Would a pair of scarlet badis with the betta be a bad idea?

Top dwellers?
 

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Thanks Diana for letting me know what you think about the dust issue.

I would feel bad keeping just one oto though. Their bio load is so small, would 3 be reasonable? If not I would just do none at all. And again, I would only really add a(n) oto(s) if I wind up with an algae problem.

Our betta spends so much time at all different levels of the 8g bowl that I sort of forgot bettas are too dwellers.
 

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So I just got the tank set up a couple days ago, and moved everything from the large bowl over to the Aquastyle.

Over the past couple of months the number of embers has dwindled to 2. We had a cold snap while we were out of town, and the temperature dropped to 62*F by the time we got home, despite leaving the thermostat in the house set at 15*C. A handful of the embers had developed a tiny tuft of white fluffy fungus on the nose. They seemed fine and kept eating. I got the temp up and dosed with melafix. But like a wolf picking off weak caribou, Buck the betta picked the sick embers off one at a time over the course of a month (the fungus would come and go).

So now with just 2 embers I'm debating whether or not to get more of the same, or replace them with another group of nano fish.

What do you think? Ember tetras, chili rasboras or CPDs?

I'm attaching some photos of the new set up. I've left the foreground bare for pygmy cories I will add in the future, and the plants could stand to fill in.







 

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I wasn't sure about how skittish chili rasboras are. I know CPDs are for sure, but they are my husband's favourite because he thinks they look like "real fish". I think he means trout? I had thought the bit if blue on the chili rasboras would look nice with the blue betta. But you're right, I like the embers' personality. I just wish I hadn't lost a handful because now I'm starting to look at them as fragile like neons.

I had kind of given up on top water fish. Dwarf hatchet fish?
 
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