I'm trying to come up with a stocking plan for my 29 gallon, semi-planted tank, currently cycling. I had really wanted to turn it into a betta sorority but was discouraged by the apparently very high failure rate and risk to the fish. I'm not in love with any of the stocking plans I've come up with, so any advice or compatibility flags would be greatly appreciated. One fish I know I definitely want is cory cats (either pandas or dwarves, or maybe 6 each?). Probably 6 or 9 of them. I have a general preference smart, colorful fish that are fun to watch. And if they're small, I'd rather they school rather than disperse all over the tank. And I'd prefer to keep the tank temp around 80 and a pH of 6.5-7.5 just *in case* I have to keep a betta fish in there in a pinch (and I mean in a breeding container/net). My various ideas: A. (27 inches of fish) - 6 cory cats (panda) / 9 cory cat (dwarf) - 2 blue rams - 9 neon tetras B. (25.5 inches of fish) - 6 cory cats (panda) / 9 cory cat (dwarf) - 3 sparkling gourami - 6 neon tetras C. (27.25 inches of fish) - 6 cory cats (panda) / 9 cory cat (dwarf) - 2 angelfish - 2 dwarf gouramis Other fish I've considered and not totally ruled out: - livebearers (guppies, endlers', swordtails, etc.) - red fin/serpae tetras (but what I'd really love are the candy cane tetras...but they're rare) - barbs - rasboras Obviously I'm all over the place. Any suggestions?