07-18-2008, 12:21 AM
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If you are going to go for a larger tank, wel, you should get the largest you can afford and have space for. That said, to keep something like what you have, get a 55 or a 75. In a 55, first, plant the bejeezuz out of it. If you can't afford CF or VHO lighting, go with Java Fern, anubias, Water Wisteria, and saggiteria subulata in a sand substrate with 2 double well waterfall filters or two 90-100 gall rated cannisters , or one of each. I'd decide whether to go with cories or loaches. Either works, but both will end up crowding the bottom. Build lots of caves and overhangs into your hardscape.
Then, go with either 5 yoyos or 5 of each of 2 species of Cories, 10 glolights, 3 Dwarf gouramis (if you can find a pair of females, this will work. If you can't, well, it may not.) After it's been running for 6 months, you can probably add another 20 glolights or comparable fish, or a larger gourami (A pearl or a moonlight would be my choice, but a Colisa fasciata or a blue would work.)