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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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Embers are in my opinion the largest of the teeny tiny fish. Ruby tetra are just a bit smaller and then Chili rasbora, to the sparrows being the smallest I have had. The Embers are the bravest and the others are crazy skittish. CPD's and Chili's in a densely planted with anything hide all the time. They are literally under the plants and occasionally I see a flash to let me know they are indeed alive. They are all quite fast, so would be able to avoid Buck unless they are ill. I personally would advise for more embers or try some rubies as I have had them in that same tank without any real issues. Top water fish are tough in such a tight tank and a betta. Usually I recommend Eques pencils, but in your case I'd avoid them as they are slow. Psuedomugils might work again if the betta was not in the picture. pygmy cories would work and actually mostly swim mid water. Otos are a good idea if feeding is watched and targeted if the consume all their focus algae. I have also had decent success with kuhli loaches in a similar set up. Good Luck and let us know what works and does not
 

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With the footage up top its just small for them, a long 12 gallon maybe... that's why eques pencilfish and African butterfly fish are useful. Top water fish with little movement, but the betta would shred slow movers or at least harass them incessantly.
 
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