Originally Posted by sik80
bolivian ram is good suggestion. they look great. sadly they don't stock them at my lfs, though i did ask if they could get some in if possible - so i shall have to wait and see. i don't really trust any of the other shops in the area as they don't look like thier fish care standards are as good
my lfs does however stock bleeding heart tetras, which are really nice looking and are definately up for consideration along with pristella tetras
i'm also considering a whiptail cat
think i'll give it a couple of weeks while my lastest fish settle in and then make a decision.
This is all good thinking. Don't rush. And from my experiences, if you find a fish you'd like, wait until it is available rather than getting a "replacement." I have sometimes waited 10+ years to get certain fish, and once they become available, you need to have the space for them.
Whiptails are fascinating bottom fish, just make sure they are the smaller species of Rineloricaria; there are similar if not identical-looking fish that get quite large and can mess up a tank. I have one each of two of the small species, they get about 5-6 inches but are so thin the length is almost un-noticed. They bother no other fish, they "hop" from surface to surface to browse it, they love wood esp with a hiding place (but they will be out and about as the mood strikes them). Good algae eaters (common green and diatoms). With their "prehistoric" appearance and excellent manners, a perfect community fish.
With your current colourful fish, Pristella would be nice; they are less "colourful" but their silver, black and white will sparkle against plants and be a nice complement.
For all of these keep the lighting subdued, as with floating plants; all of the named fish will brighten up more under less light. They all come from dimly-lit forest streams and pools that often never see direct sunlight.