12-16-2006, 01:04 PM
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You seem a little knowledgeable, knowing to cycle a tank, prior to getting fish, so I'm assuming you have had fish tanks before.
If you don't mind the travel, then visit the stores and see what fish appeal to you. Make a list of the fish, then do a little research or ask about them here to find out their compatibility.
I prefer getting fish locally, due to the fact that those fish would usually be raised in the same water parameters that I use. Therefore, acclimation would be a little easier. And you don't have to worry about receiving sick/dead fish, due to the stress of shipment, unless the online store has a live shipment guarantee on their fish.
Do a search for any local aquarium clubs for any breeders. Breeders are a better choice, becuase the fish are allot cheaper and have a better pick on the fish.