04-08-2007, 05:27 PM
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for someone relatively new to aquarium keeping...tetras...small ones...embers or neons...cheap...fairly harty...small...easy. Buy at least 6 of the same kind of embers,neons,or cardinals...bam...you are done. Its easy, schools of 6+ of the same kind of fish. because of the small bioload you could prolly keep 12 of them and have no problems.
I wouldnt reccomend Danios or hatchets or other tetras, as they are fairly active, and even though the smaller tetras are active swimmers, the little ones(cardinals,neons,embers) are around 1" instead of 2" or bigger.
if that isnt enough, throw a few snails in and everyone is happy.
The other option is a couple male fancy guppies(very messy, cant keep more than two with a group of say 6 embers) and 6 neons or other small tetras. now you have fish that hang out at the bottom to middle of the tank(tetras) and a couple surface fish (guppies).