03-02-2012, 12:00 PM
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I agree with Mina, but as you have this tank and some fish, in this instance I would work with that, and I think we can make it work. The smaller group with lots of plants is the way to go.
I would get all the fish at one time. This avoids the first fish establishing their space and hounding any subsequent arrivals.
As for plants, fast growing are key, and floating. Water Sprite if you can get it as a floater, cover the top (it soon will). Pygmy chain sword for the substrate. Crypts are not as fast growing, and can be fussy, but they are an option, as it Java Fern and Anubias. A stem plant or two, maybe Brazilian Pennywort (tolerates moderate light) and maybe even Cabomba.