I've been watching craigslist like a hawk since I got back home from college. I jumped on a 29g aquarium that came with a canopy, flourescent light fixture, Marineland 100 watt heater (might need to upgrade, we'll see), Penguin 150 power filter, undergravel filter run by a Whisper 20 air pump and some hideous gravel and fake plants. The *outside* of everything was covered in some sort of weird gunk but it hosed off pretty easy. Everything's up and running fine. It needs a new light bulb, and I got rid of the gravel and plan on going with play sand as a substrate. The best news is, I got all of this for $30.
Here's what I plan on for stocking. Keep in mind I plan on ditching the UGF and using the air pump to run some sponge filters, plus there's room to add a second HOB filter if needed. I don't really mind overstocking as long as my filtration can handle the load.
Pair of kribensis (and likely their fry they're currently raising in my 20g)
3 kuhli loaches
1 clown pleco
1 leopard ctenopoma
1 male and two female swordtails to keep the ctenopoma happy
Something for up top, I was thinking either danios or hatchets
Would this work out? I understand that it's more fish than most would stock in a tank this size, but like I said I'd be way overdoing the filtration to compensate. I also have a few MTS in a 20g that I'd put in this one to keep the sand sifted. Will they be able to survive the kuhlis? Let me know what you think.