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rounding out the tank
So far the most vexing part of my fish tank is completing the stocking of it :)
Due to space limitiations, my 12 gallon Eclipse tank is as big as I could get. Currently it houses 5 Harlie rasboras and 1 hillstream loach. After pretty much deciding a small school (4) of dwarf/pygmy cories would be perfect, I discover I can't find them locally. I'm investigating online buying but also perusing alternatives; chief among them would be just increasing the school of Rasboras by 2 or 3. I know they're easy to find and I know they'll be perfectly compatible in the tank and won't overstock it - and might even increase the schooling behavior even more.
Essentially I'm trying to exhaust alternatives now so a week after I finish stocking I don't learn about an option that would've been perfect :)
Have you tried asking your LFS if they could order you some pygmy cories?
You seem to have a plan but remember to try and deal with the fish needs also. From what I understand, Hillstream loaches prefer a strong current where other fish might not like it at all. You might have fish that do like a current but make sure that if you do provide one that there is a place they can get out of the current and rest.
Mine seems to have adjusted quite well; the water flows out from the filter into the tank (rather than dropping into it) which creates a bit of a current, and I've an airstone to aid in oxygenation and increasing surface agitation. The Rasbora's love playing in the current too at times.
I've kept an eye on the hillie and he's been pretty active, and hasn't just stayed around the airstone or the water return. I have some river rocks in there as I've read they find it easier to eat algae off smooth surfaces. I have a supply of rocks that I can place in water outside (when it warms up) to grow algae on and then place in the tank. So the hillie I think is fine.
I might ask my favorite LFS if they can 'special order' some pygmy cories.
i would try and ask for some cories.
I guess the fish don't read the same websites we do :)
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