Getting ready to go fishing

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  1. Aquaman

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    The saga continues.
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    I'm doing the Walstad Method (else known as NPT, Natural Plante Tank) and the parameters are seemingly very stable two weeks on. I've read on this wiki (http://www.theaquariumwiki.com/wiki/Walstad_method) that on the Walstad Method you can add fish the day after, which I didn't want to risk as I have no experience with a NPT.

    I'm getting ready to add fish but have to make up my mind. Cast your nominees please!
    It's a 8g (30l) tank, so it will have to be a group of small shoaling/schooling fish with some Corys and maybe one centrepiece type.

    My initial thought was:
    7 Rummy Nose / Neon Tetra
    5 Cory
    1 Dwarf Gourami / Betta

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    FOOTNOTE: The heater has been neatly placed in the left corner now and the internal filter will be subbed out with a HOB at the end of the month (will let them run together for a week or so to get a bac-colony going on the HOB first)

    I would love to hear what y'all think I should get in here!
     
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    like your choice of fish, i would go Rummy noses they school better and brighten up the tank when they are happy ( and they are a good indicator of water health, their red fades a bit in bad conditions), i wouldn't put a Beta with them, they will nip him and out compete him for food. not too sure about Gourami.. they might nip his /her 'whiskers'...
     
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    Looking at the tank I think glowlights would compliment the scape better since they are a darker fish in general. The neon lateral stripe gives you awesome flashes of colour :)
     
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    and a few shrimp?
     
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    Thanks for the heads up on the nipping. Might leave out the centre piece and just get 12 small instead.

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    Haven't checked them out. Will have a look some scapes with them. Thanks

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    How easy are shrimp really?

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    crazy easy... i got me 10, and i already have 20 babies
    they will eat anything and everything except live stuff..

    correction... not everything.. they are very good cleaners so almost everything you don't want in the tank..
     
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    My choice: Sawbwas resplendens or Danio erythromycron or Danio Margaritatus. If you are looking corys look at pygmaes/hastatus/habrosus. But thats just my personal preferences
     
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    I concur with either the Sawbwa Barb, Emerald Rasbora or Celestial Pearl Danios, with first choice being the Emerald Rasbora.
    They are schooling fish, and a group of 10-15 in your tank would look very good. Their colours display better than the CPDs.
    I would add 2 Nerite Snails to keep algae away, and 10-15 nice coloured shrimp will act as a further cleaning crew.
     
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    Will check em. Danio Margaritis.... That's galaxy rasboras, right? If so, they're amazing, beautiful fish... They were my first choice but Pricey though.

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    I love this forum! All the knowledge coming through helps a lot

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    Dorry Pets in Centurion currently have Emeral Rasbora @R35 each.
    They are probably my favourite micro fish.
     
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    Mine as well. Well... its a toss up between them and the sawbwas
     
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    I find the sawbwas very social and outgoing - not afraid of me at all. Took them about 3 weeks to colour up properly. The Emeralds I have had for 2 weeks. Very skittish. Always hiding. But hoping once quarentine is over and they go into their designated tank that they will be more active
     
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    If I may trow a spanner in the works here. 30 L is not a lot of water and leaves very little space for error.

    Only cory I know that will work in this setup will be the Salt and Pepper Cory (Corydoras habrosus) if you can find them. They grow to just over 1cm and a nice school of them will work.

    Small schooling fish is a tougher one. Size wise you will look at something that max out at 2cm, Strawberry rasboras (Boraras naevus) pops up in my mind.

    Hope that helps.

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    how easy are they to breed?
     
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    Thanks, it does. Our LFS actually had three salt and peppers. Maybe I should get them while there is some stock.

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    Maybe scratch the Corys and just get Nerites and shrimp?

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    Sounds like a better idea for the tank size. Can always add a Beta to the mix

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