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    Hey all!

    I have a 29g high tank all planted and about ready to go. Let me know what you think of the stocking?

    12 Celestial Pearl Danios
    8 Harlequin Rasboras
    3-6 Dwarf Anchor Catfish (Hara jerdoni)
    Some wild type Neocaridina heteropoda (Cherries)

    I was kind of considering White Cloud Minnows but that might be pushing it for the space limit. I have an Eheim 2213 running on it, if that helps. I have a hard time visualizing the sizes of the fish in relation to the tank. :(

    With all fish (including the minnows(8) and shrimp(10-20)) it puts me between 80%-90% stocking on Aqadvisor, depending on the number of shrimp. Without the minnows, I'm at 70% even. Without the shrimp I'm at about 82%.

    Any advice is highly appreciated, thanks!

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    CPDs did not do well in my 29G, for some reason...and they are very tiny, half the time I didn't see mine as they hid...if I ever tried them again it would be in a smaller tank
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    The hara jerdoni are also tiny. I have 3 of them in a 5g tank and they are often hidden, even in such a small space. They are neat fish, though. If you do add these, I think you could also add some of the dwarf cory species, like habrosus or pygmaeus.

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    Personally I think you could have more than what you listed above. CPDs are very small and 12 doesn't seem like much in that size of a tank. I have 12 CPDs in a 10G along with 8 Green neons and 10 Pygmy Spotted Rasboras and I still feel that I could add a few more nano fish.

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    If you're fortunate to have a good LFS where much of what you want is usually available or can be ordered for you, rather than having to pay to have fish shipped, you could start with your initial list. Then after you see the sizes and interactions of the fish, it will be easy to go back for more. I agree with Silbar in that you will probably want - and the tank can handle - a few more. But starting more slowly and adding to what you have is not a bad thing either.

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    Slap - Did you have them with any other fish? I've heard that even with a good school of them sometimes they are still shy without another school of more outgoing fish.

    Silbar - Even with the minnows? It seems like so much! haha Though it is some comfort to know I wasn't thinking too far outside my limits.

    Sue - Aren't most (if not all) cory species from South America? I was kind of trying to go with a more Asian species tank, but cories are definitely adorable! I live in a more rural area, so if I wanted to find a better shop I'd have to travel a couple hours. :( I'd probably be able to find the harlequins and maybe the minnows, but I'll probably have to order everything else.

    I definitely agree with adding everything slowly. I had also considered cherry barbs. What do you guys think of white cloud minnows or cherry barbs? Considering temperament, bioload, and how nice they would look with the other fish and their colors. I know that them "looking nice" is purely subjective, but I'm terribly indecisive and would like some outside opinions. haha

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    Oh! Also, Sue, do you find your anchor cats to be picky eaters or particularly difficult? I've read that they sometimes only take live food.

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    Slap - Did you have them with any other fish? I've heard that even with a good school of them sometimes they are still shy without another school of more outgoing fish.

    Silbar - Even with the minnows? It seems like so much! haha Though it is some comfort to know I wasn't thinking too far outside my limits.

    Sue - Aren't most (if not all) cory species from South America? I was kind of trying to go with a more Asian species tank, but cories are definitely adorable! I live in a more rural area, so if I wanted to find a better shop I'd have to travel a couple hours. :( I'd probably be able to find the harlequins and maybe the minnows, but I'll probably have to order everything else.

    I definitely agree with adding everything slowly. I had also considered cherry barbs. What do you guys think of white cloud minnows or cherry barbs? Considering temperament, bioload, and how nice they would look with the other fish and their colors. I know that them "looking nice" is purely subjective, but I'm terribly indecisive and would like some outside opinions. haha

    Also a huge thanks to everyone who posted!
    Yes, they were in the first group of 5 different fish I initially stocked the tank with...they're just too small for a tank that size, to truly appreciate their beauty, you need a smaller tank so that you can get a closer look.

    I would get a group of 6 of the medium sized corys instead of the pygmy-sized corys, for the same reason...I have 3 blackfin corys in my 29G, and plan on adding 3 more, they only get about 2 1/4 inch in length
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    The WCMM's need a cooler tank temp than the cherry barbs and CPD's would...I'd go with the cherry barbs, very neat looking and active fish...I've considered trying them myself, many here have great success with them.

    Also look at green neon tetras, the "false" neon
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    Sue - Aren't most (if not all) cory species from South America? I was kind of trying to go with a more Asian species tank, but cories are definitely adorable! I live in a more rural area, so if I wanted to find a better shop I'd have to travel a couple hours. :( I'd probably be able to find the harlequins and maybe the minnows, but I'll probably have to order everything else.
    Yes, the dwarf species are. I didn't realize you were going for more of an Asian grouping.

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    Oh! Also, Sue, do you find your anchor cats to be picky eaters or particularly difficult? I've read that they sometimes only take live food.
    I've only had them 3 months so far and they seem to be doing OK. I feed this tank mostly micro pellets and frozen baby brine shrimp so they must be eating those. I had 4 but only ever see 3 now, so I may have lost one. Actually since I added some habrosus and ruby tetras to the tank, they seem to be a little more out and about than before. I don't think they're crazy about too much light as I would often find them clinging to the driftwood under the java fern, or hiding in some grassy plants in the back. I've recently added some floating frogbit to try to cut down the light a bit.

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