Alright so I have a new 30g long tank (3ft long, 1ft deep and 16" tall). No matter what I do I would like to get fish and plants from the same general area on the world. I will have a black sand substrate and quite a bit of driftwood in the tank. Also the ones I list I'm not necessarily getting them all just ones I like. My ph is around 7.5 but I do not know the hardness. The three options are...
South east Asian
Grouami (blue, thick lip, or banded) or Paradise fish for the big centerpiece fish.
School of glass cat fish
school of zebra loach
school of pearl danio or school of a rasbora
Bolivian ram or cockatoo cichlid for centerpiece fish
school emperor tetra
school or corys (julii or schwartz most likely)
school of hatchet fish
school of nean tetra
1 or 2 bristlenose plecos once the tank is developed
South east Asian nano
Celestial pearl danio
banded dwarf loach or kuhli loach
all of these will be kept in large schools. I'm having trouble finding a centerpiece fish that could be kept with these.
I would do a south American nano if I could but most of the fish like a lower ph than what I have.
Anyway thats what I have come up with. I think a nano would be fun with a larger tank since I could get so many fish but I don't have a ton of options with nano species. Anything thoughts are appreciated though. Right now I'm leaning towards the S.E. Asian.