38 heavy planted double checking my stocking

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Okay, I just want to make sure I'm good and see if I have space left. I've recently moved some guys around so what's on my profile isn't 100% up to date.
Fish that are there and staying:
4 platy
2 pearl gourami (currently both are male I'm hoping to replace one)
1 female betta (don't bother me with compatibility for her she has the same temperament as my platies)
6 Julii cories
1 gold inca snail
1 black/ivory mystery snail
1 zebra nerite
1 bumblebee catfish
(Plus ramshorns and mts and bladder snails that need a pop control soon)
Currently in there but leaving:
2 glolight tetras
Possibly some ghost shrimp and a few cherry shrimp (going into a quarantine until I get a heater cover then either going back in or getting their own shrimp tank)
What I want to add:
Bamboo shrimp
Replace the ghost shrimp for sure
Two more mystery snails

I'm pretty sure I'm full at the moment but I don't know if I have space to maybe just add a female pearl and leave the second male? Or maybe a small school of zebra danios... No, that's too much. Maybe some cardinals. I have an aqueon whisper 30 filter (up to 40gal) that can be upgraded if needed but it works well for my tank currently.


 

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I have a school of 5 harlequin rasboras and they are lovely peaceful fish. Alison
 

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I would do a school of small fish also. Would probably upgrade the filter though.


 

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Oh! Or a small school of harlequin rasboras. I like those guys and they would add a nice flair to my tank.
I love my harlequins! They're so pretty and are just a lovely fish and get so excited to see me at feeding time I think they'd make a great addition!
 
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I added the black mystery snail today, and I'm going to look into the harlequins sometime next week I think. Do I have space for 6-8 or should I stick with maybe just 5?


 
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Yes, I would shoot for at least rated for 10 gallons above your size tank. At least that's just my rule Just remember to put your filter media into the new filter so you don't lose your cycle. I could see myself forgetting to do that when changing filters
I can't/won't lose my cycle with all my plants. Especially if I do the water change, wait a week and switch filters (new media), then don't do another water change until the next week. My tank only took three days to cycle.

EDIT and that was three days WHILE I was adding plants.
 

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I can't/won't lose my cycle with all my plants. Especially if I do the water change, wait a week and switch filters (new media), then don't do another water change until the next week. My tank only took three days to cycle.

EDIT and that was three days WHILE I was adding plants.
Wow! That's very lucky! I had my tank cycling for 3 weeks before with no nitrites yet. I ended up moving it and probably loosing my cycle (I was going fishless) so I gave up and got tetra safe start and used the pure ammonia with that. So it's been almost 2 months and I only added my first fish a week and a half ago. I added four harlequin rasboras when the cycle finished and got the other four today. Hope you enjoy your harlequins as much as I do
 

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I believe the bumblebee cats (assuming they are SA) are a schooling fish, so a group of 6+.
 
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From what I heard bumble bee cats are fine solo or in a school. They get to be too big for me to have a school of them. He seems very happy by himself, though. Neat little dude.


 

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From what I heard bumble bee cats are fine solo or in a school. They get to be too big for me to have a school of them. He seems very happy by himself, though. Neat little dude.
Really? I thought they only got 2 inches.....
 
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Bumblebee catfish get to be like 4-6 inches unless you end up with this thing called a giant bumblebee catfish that gets to be like 10 inches.


 
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Well mine is 4 inches long. Bumblebee catfish is the name of many different types of catfish.


 
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