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Hey all! I was given a 23 gallon bowfront for my birthday. It will be my first community tank, I have only kept two three gallon nanos. Very excited!
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I finished scrubbing the dried algae off and am currently testing for leaks (at my father's request). Here's what I am planning for hardware:
Aquaclear 70 Power Filter
EHEIM Jager 125 W
Finnex FugeRay Planted+ 24"
Seachem Flourite Black

My plan is to make it the thick, jungly look. I'm not sure on all the plants yet, but I am certain on jungle val and pennywort. Plant suggestions would be appreciated. Here's my fish stocking idea:
3 Platies (probably 3 males, maybe 2 females one male if I want some income)
6 Cherry Barbs
Either 2 female and one male guppies, or 4-8 male guppies.
Neocaridina

I know stocking is a little light at this point, but I'd rather error on too few fish than too many for now. I was thinking cories, but I don't know if I want them competing with the neos.

Let me know what you think! Advice is greatly appreciated.
 
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My only critique is the 4-8 male guppies. They tend to fight amongst themselves and torn fins are always a given. I love cories personally, so I would get around 6 panda cories or a similar species. Really like the plant choices as well.
Good luck!
 
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My only critique is the 4-8 male guppies. They tend to fight amongst themselves and torn fins are always a given. I love cories personally, so I would get around 6 panda cories or a similar species. Really like the plant choices as well.
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Hello! Thank you, I did not know that! I may just do the combo of males and females then. Good money maker! My only thing about the cories is having so many of them. I'm afraid to overload!
 

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If you get one of the smaller varieties like a panda or peppered Cory, you can easily have 6-8 without any problem.
 
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Well, the water has cleared up significantly and I've begun to plant most of my plants. Due to all of the fast-growing stemmed plants I have in here and will be adding within the next three days, I will begin a silent cycle. I have plenty of prime on hand to deal with the situation if it gets out of control. Getting water floss this afternoon to remove the last of the dust. First picture is my favorite piece of drift wood with baby anubias and java fern.

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