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Hi all! For my 16th birthday, I got a 23 gallon bowfront that will be my first community tank! Please go easy on me, I'm still trying to figure things out :) I've only had nano tanks so far. I'm here looking for critiquing and suggestions. I want this to be thickly planted.
What do you guys think?
 

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Bump the cories up to 6 and make sure to get a 1:2 male to female ratio of platies. I wouldn't do a betta with barbs, how about some sort of gourami? Pearl and honey gouramis are stunning, but I don't know if they're temp compatible with your stock.
 

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You need to go at least 6 for the corydoras with them being a schooling species. I would also hold out on the betta since the other fish do have a possiblity of picking on him.
 
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Bump the cories up to 6 and make sure to get a 1:2 male to female ratio of platies. I wouldn't do a betta with barbs, how about some sort of gourami? Pearl and honey gouramis are stunning, but I don't know if they're temp compatible with your stock.
Gouramis are my favorite. Thinking of holding steady temp at 75*F, would this be too warm for them? Was thinking maybe dwarf blue. Is that overstocking?

You need to go at least 6 for the corydoras with them being a schooling species. I would also hold out on the betta since the other fish do have a possiblity of picking on him.
Is there some other sort of suckerfish that doesn't get huge and doesn't require large schools?
 

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you want to be careful with how many dwarf gouramis you put in a tank. They are aggressive. Go with honeys which are a much more peacful species. also raise your temp to 78, 75 is too cold for your species. And, i don't know what you mean by "sucker fish" lol. Sucker fish is a joke that if you've worked in a lfs, you hear it daily and hate. So...What type of catfish are you looking for. Corydoras are your easiest species to take care of in my opinion. their isn't much else to go with.
 

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With regular maintenance, it should be okay. If you're worried, add less platies.

I agree that cories are your best option. They are super easy to take care of. There are otos, which actually suck on walls, but they require a school as well.
 
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you want to be careful with how many dwarf gouramis you put in a tank. They are aggressive. Go with honeys which are a much more peacful species. also raise your temp to 78, 75 is too cold for your species. And, i don't know what you mean by "sucker fish" lol. Sucker fish is a joke that if you've worked in a lfs, you hear it daily and hate. So...What type of catfish are you looking for. Corydoras are your easiest species to take care of in my opinion. their isn't much else to go with.
Sorry, rookie mistake! I am still debating if I want the gourami. Do I absolutely need 6 cories?

With regular maintenance, it should be okay. If you're worried, add less platies.

I agree that cories are your best option. They are super easy to take care of. There are otos, which actually suck on walls, but they require a school as well.
Good advice about the platies, thanks
 

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you'll be fine with 6. corydoras have a low bioload and they won't be in the way of the other fish
 
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