I have 2 cycled 10 gallon tanks running - both filtered (aqueon 20) and heated (~78 deg). Both have gravel substrate and live plants. THe plants are still young so there is quite a bit of light when the lights are on (during the day). One of my tanks is stocked and established and I'm happy with it. The other one I'm still looking to add a few more fish to.
In the tank I'm looking to add to, I currently have 2 sunburst platies and 5 neon tetras. There are several hiding spots as well as a small but pretty powerful air stone in one corner that creates a fair amount of top current (a betta would be miserable there). Since I have a bunch of middle-swimmers, I'm hoping to add a couple bottom swimmers to this tank.
I'm wondering what good options are for a 10 gallon tank with that combination of fish. The pH is my tank is on the basic end (7.4-7.6 normally), and like I said there are hiding places and live plants but at the moment a lot of light.
In my other tank I have peppered cories, which I am absolutely in love with. The problem is, I don't really want to get more of them to put in the other tank, I'd rather have more variety. The only types of cories that I have found in any of my LFSs are peppered, panda, and albino. The panda are the hardest to find and I've had bad luck with them in the past, I know they don't like a lot of light. The albinos are out because there is WAY too much light for them.
I don't know much about otos, but everytime I see them they are always swimming in the middle of the glass. Are they truly bottom swimmers?
Suggestions on bottom-swimmers that will do well in a 10 gallon, slightly basic, fully lighted tank? Thanks!