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    Okay, so I just got a 29 biocube for Christmas, and I'm working on stocking. One thing I'm thinking I may do is keep a leaf fish and an African butterflyfish in it, but I'm also considering something else. Microfish. Here's what I'm thinking of:
    25-ish microrasboras, at least. Possibly two or more species.
    At least 10 celestial pearl danios.
    15 or so dwarf cories (Habrosus)
    3 sparkling gouramis

    And I'm trying to figure out which I'd prefer... Would this stocking work? Not with the leaf-fish and African butterfly, of course, those would eat the micros all up.
    I hate hearing people say "it's only a $3/$5/$1 fish/shrimp, so it's ok if it dies, I can just get another." It's still an animal! All animals should be treated like they're worth $10,000.
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    I'd go for the micro fish stocking.
    Have you considered honey gourami instead of sparkling gourami?
    There are various species known as sparkling gouramis, ranging from those so small you won't get a good centerpiece to those large enough to possibly harm the other micros.

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    I know a place that has the one-inch sort of sparkling gouramis, and I'm in love with those teeny shinies! Hmm... I do have a honey gourami at the moment who I like... Do you suppose the honey would attack the sparkling gouramis? I'm thinking probably...
    Ooh, what about licorice gouramis?
    I think I'm probably going with the micro fish... I'm planning to get a tank for large fish at some point in the rather distant future, so I can get a leaf fish then. Plus, a large-ish predator in a bio-cube... Hmm... Yeah, probably micro-fish.
    I hate hearing people say "it's only a $3/$5/$1 fish/shrimp, so it's ok if it dies, I can just get another." It's still an animal! All animals should be treated like they're worth $10,000.
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    yah, I like the microfish idea...that would be a cool tank...

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    don't put both gourami species together. the larger honeys are not particularly aggressive, but they are gouramis after all, so the smaller
    sparkling gouramis would get chased if put together. licorice gouramis are quite delicate, supposedly requiring soft water and high quality feed to
    survive long term.

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    Alright, I think I'll go with sparklers. They're really cute, and they kind of remind me of some sort of sparkly little dragon.
    Our water is about 7.2, not exactly the softest ever.
    I hate hearing people say "it's only a $3/$5/$1 fish/shrimp, so it's ok if it dies, I can just get another." It's still an animal! All animals should be treated like they're worth $10,000.
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    Let's say I get three sparkling gouramis and something like 15 pygmy cories. How many microrasboras and CPDs could I keep, in addition to the cories and sparklers?
    I'm considering maybe one empire gudgeon, since they're small and have little mouths. The colors would be a nice contrast to the halfway-light enviroment I'm planning for the micros.
    I hate hearing people say "it's only a $3/$5/$1 fish/shrimp, so it's ok if it dies, I can just get another." It's still an animal! All animals should be treated like they're worth $10,000.
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    65 fw: Rummies, glowlight tetras, pencilfish, darters, ottos, f betta, goby, dwarf gourami, ninjas
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    So I couldn't quite decide on sand color, but I had an idea at the pet store. The tank now has about an inch and a half of white sand, then anywhere from 1/4" to 1/2" of black sand on top. I'm going to let the pygmy cories, plants, and so-on stir it up as they please, and we'll see how it ends up looking. I stirred up a tiny patch with my finger, and I think it'll look pretty cool. I don't have any pictures because you can't see much right now, it's all fogged up.

    These are the first inhabitants of the tank. Two miscellaneous nerite snails that I picked up when I went to get the sand, and a horn nerite. I have another horn nerite in my big tank, but I can't find it yet, I'll have to get it tomorrow.
    I keep a couple of extra cartriges in the filter of my 65, and I took out a little (2" by 3") one to put in the first filter compartment. I figure that it'll have enough bacteria to cycle it enough for three snails, and I'm going to add a bunch of crypts from the 65 to the 29.
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    I hate hearing people say "it's only a $3/$5/$1 fish/shrimp, so it's ok if it dies, I can just get another." It's still an animal! All animals should be treated like they're worth $10,000.
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    65 fw: Rummies, glowlight tetras, pencilfish, darters, ottos, f betta, goby, dwarf gourami, ninjas
    29 fw: Chili rasboras, pygmy cories, P. Gertrudae

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    A school of 15-20 green rasbora would look good. IMO.



    Information on them here: http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j...58187178,d.cGU
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    I've been researching those guys, they're awesome. I also like the look of mosquito rasboras and celestial pearl danios. Hmm... 12 each of green rasboras, mosquito rasboras, CPDs, and dwarf cories? Too many fish? It's a total of 60 micro-fish plus the cherry shrimp that I plan to get, and possibly three or four nerite snails. I'm trying to figure out if I want the snails in there or not. Does that seem like too many fish?
    I hate hearing people say "it's only a $3/$5/$1 fish/shrimp, so it's ok if it dies, I can just get another." It's still an animal! All animals should be treated like they're worth $10,000.
    29 sw: Damsel, shrimpgoby, pistol shrimp, waspfish
    65 fw: Rummies, glowlight tetras, pencilfish, darters, ottos, f betta, goby, dwarf gourami, ninjas
    29 fw: Chili rasboras, pygmy cories, P. Gertrudae

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