:;hi1 Hi there! I'm new to this forum, and new to this exciting hobby! Sorry if this post becomes a ramble, bear with me! I found a steal of a deal on a 10g half moon tetra tank set up, for my son's birthday (it'll be "his" fish, but really MY fish) and I've kind of become obsessed with getting it right so our new little pet(s) thrive! I've been snooping through a bunch of threads, trying to piece together a game plan for my first tank, but with the knowledge I've gained so far, I'm still left with a few questions. The tank came with a heater, filter (I purchased a separate one that was recommended - Aquaclear 20), light, and lid. I bought a few fake plants and decorations (two spongebob houses and a rock hideaway). And I'd like to go with off-white sand. Once everything arrives next week I'll be setting up the tank and starting the cycle process. I plan on taking a tap water sample to my LFS and have them help me pick out anything I need to supplement the process. I'd prefer to cycle with a fish instead of a bare tank (thoughts?) So with that in mind, I'm trying to get a stocking list put together so I know which fish to buy first to start my tank off, and which ones to add next/last. I've tried to do my own research, and quickly figured out I'll be pretty limited on options due to tank size (oh well). So I've narrowed my ideas down, but I've found a lot of contradicting information, and am still pretty confused on which way I should go. I'd really like a "centerpiece" fish if possible, with 2-3 other swimmers, and a few bottom feeders. Ideally I was hoping for something colorful, and for some reason I'm obsessed with the idea of cherry shimp, but I'm seeing that most fish will eat the shrimp, so I'm open to other ideas. This is what I've narrowed my options/likes down to: Honey Gourami or Red Platy (one? or one of both?) Sparkling Gourami (2-3?) Ember Tetras (5-6?) With one of these Bottom Feeder: Pygmy Corys (3-4?) Cherry Shrimp (4-5?) -OR- Just one Betta and some bottom feeders (kind of my last option because I'd prefer more swimmers) I know I can't have ALL of them, but I'd like to try to put together a combination of them? I'd love input on which ones are truly options, and which combos would give me the most variety/color. Or totally different fish ideas you think would fit better? Let me know what other information you need from me! And thanks in advance for any advice!