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    I have a new 36 gallon Aqueon Bowfront aquarium cycling and am currently considering the potential stocking options.

    I was thinking of doing cardinal, neon & glofish tetras. However I'm not sure how many of each I should get as I don't know who is going to school with who.

    Also.. Bottom feeder suggestions? I was thinking some standard Cory cats and maybe a snail or two. How many cats would be good in a tank my size?

    Opinions welcome and appreciated. :)
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    Neons are just a smaller and somewhat less colorful version of a cardinal, they sometimes will shoal together due to their almost identical look. Glofish are zebra danios with genetic mods that make them colors. They will only school with themselves.

    Also consider that without a threat in the tank, the fish wont tightly school. Its a protection to the fish but if there is no real 'threat' they wont feel the need to shoal tightly.

    I would also consider diversifying the stocking... If you like tetra types, lemons, columbians, diamond, there are several. Im sure Steeler will have a huge list of great tetra types but these are what come to mind. I would also consider bolivian and german blue rams, and appistogramma's.
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    If your a little more experianced go with the Cardinals, if your just starting out get the Neons.

    Are you talking about Glowlights or Glofish?

    Besides the tetras Sandz mentioned, there are Bloodfins, Rosy, Rummy noses and Pristilla, the key is researching what you think you will like the best.

    If your looking for "common" cory's, Bronze are about the best, go with 6 of these.

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    I love my Gold Pristella Tetras - they are the gold version of the X-Ray Tetras. A school of 10 is really nice. I would get them instead of yellow glofish tetras.
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    I would get one kind of tetra. Find one that you like the most, then work around that. Having a larger school of the same fish looks better than 2 or 3 smaller schools of different fish.

    If this were my tank, I would get 15 emperor tetra, 1 angelfish, and 8 corydora. Use a black substrate and black background. Then get some driftwood, and some easy low light plants.

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    also i would consider some congo tetras
    i hear some people say, "i kept a goldfish in a bowl and it lived for a year."
    they don't know how lucky they were and all goldfish live at least 15 years in proper conditions.
    that is equal to saying my human lived in his closet for 5 years!

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    Congo's get a little to big for a 36 gal.
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    Quote Originally Posted by spyderbite View Post
    I have a new 36 gallon Aqueon Bowfront aquarium cycling and am currently considering the potential stocking options.

    I was thinking of doing cardinal, neon & glofish tetras. However I'm not sure how many of each I should get as I don't know who is going to school with who.
    Get some contrast. 10 rummy nose and 7 higher bodied tetras like black skirt or bleeding heart for example. If water values stay stable you could add some more later.

    Also.. Bottom feeder suggestions? I was thinking some standard Cory cats and maybe a snail or two. How many cats would be good in a tank my size?

    Opinions welcome and appreciated. :)
    Cories love sand to rummage in. If you're not going to do that then might wanna reconsider cories. All depends what you want to do, a bristlenose is always nice. If you are going to plant it and use wood, a pair of any peckoltia maybe? If you can get them a larger group of a smaller corydoras or even some aspidoras. 12-15 of the little ones look nicer than less of the big ones I'd say.

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    Good information to consider while the tank cycles.

    I've decided to drop the glofish as I suspect they'll be a distraction from some of the other more "natural" colors.

    I didn't realize the Corys preferred sand. They've always been the most hearty fish in gravel/pebble bottom tanks I've had in the past. But that was many years ago. ;)
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    If you supply clean water they will do quite well on gravel that is certainly true but sand allows them a much more natural way of foraging that they seem to enjoy and that I (and many other cory keepers) like to watch.

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