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bizaliz3 said:personally I think one large school of like 15-20 would be better than 2-3 small schools.
I understand the desire to have lots of different kinds of fish, but one extra large school of one kind of fish will be much more fun to watch than a bunch of small schools. And the fish will appreciate it more too. A school of 6 is really small. Especially when you have a nice sized 46 bow. The number 6 is the minimum that people throw out there for schools. But that doesn't mean that you should do all sorts of schools of 6 just to meet that minimum. Six is the minimum not the maximum. The behavior is so much more fun to watch when the school is more than the bare minimum.
I would do this:
One large school of rummynoses (they look amazing in large schools) OR a large school of cardinals or cherry barbs or harlequin rasboras. The angel shouldn't eat any them if it grows up with them.
I would also up the size of the cory shoal to 8 or so.
15-20 of ONE schooling fish
8-10 sterbai cories
1 mystery snail.
I would also get a couple nerite snails. They are the best algae eaters and can't produce in freshwater.
When I was new to fish keeping, I wanted lots of different kinds of fish too. But I have learned over the years that larger groups of schooling and shoaling fish are much more rewarding and peaceful to watch rather than the busy-ness of multiple small schools.
Yes. Newbie or not, you will want to add all the fish slowly. You don't have to get the entire schools at once.Squirrel29 said:Thanks for the great advice. With this being a new tank and me a newbie. Would it be best to start out with a few sterbai and then gradually increase the bioload over a few months?
Catfish (most species, and only talking about the commercially caught or pool farmed) are pretty delicate. I would start with the Snail(s).Squirrel29 said:Thanks for the great advice. With this being a new tank and me a newbie. Would it be best to start out with a few sterbai and then gradually increase the bioload over a few months?