Ok, I'm sure this post has been done 10,000 times, but they all have their own specific nuances, and I haven't found one that fits me exactly. Here is my current setup:
55 gallon freshwater tank, 4 days running with 4 small, starter fish -- water tested out good today - cloudiness appeared one day after fish added, and is since cleared. I've been adding "MicroBacter 7 Complete bioculture" which supposedly has kick-started my cycling.
55 gallon regular tank
Whisper 60 and Whisper 30 power filters
Large piece of driftwood
2 live potted plants (looking to add 2 more)
I'm looking to stock it with non-cichlids, and I want fish that will grow large. I like Silver Dollars, but the AqAdvisor program says I need 5 and then I will be at 83% capacity already. I also like Bala Sharks, and other than that I like fish with color. I want at least 3 different species of fish that will get along and some kind of algae eater/pleco.
I'm open to adding more plants/rocks if necessary, and I'm open to spending a little cash on this. Since I'm down to just the fish portion, $100-200 is not out of the question. I don't want any $70 fish though.
Any suggestions/comments are appreciated...but please suggest a complete system :) I've seen these posts before, and I always get lost when one fish is recommended, because I want three or four species that will go together.
Thank you soooo much!