12-26-2008, 10:27 PM
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Oscars are defiantley a no-no. I wouldn't put them in anything under a standard 75G, or a custom built 55 so the depth is wider than 12". Some say 55G, but that's my view.
Like you said, additions to what you have already would be first. I would get probably 6 cories, and 6 *or* 8 cherries. I say or because with 6 you should try to get 2 males with 4 females, and with 8 i would get 3 males with 5 females. The males will dance a lot to gain dominance, and I have heard it is very amusing.
A betta may work, but I wouldn't try it because the barbs tend to be a bit spazzy.
So, I take it after those, you want some sort of centerpiece fish? An angel or even two may work, but it may go after the cherries eventually. Saying hex tanks are taller than they are long.
Or, you can even add to the mix. You could add some hatchets for the top providing you have a tight hood, and with a handful of tetras such as Cardinal (stay near bottom), Neons (bottom), Lemon (Middle-top), etc.