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Hi all
Thanks so much to everyone who has been helping me set up and get started (again) with my new community tank.

I've now got:
55G Filter 1000L planted tank with NH4=0, NO2=0, NO3<10ppm, GH 40ppm, KH=0, pH=7.0
7 Black widow tetra
10 Cherry barbs
3 Peppered corys
3 Bronze cory
3 Yoyo loach (<5cm for the time-being - these may get sold as they get bigger)
2 Bristlenose

Which brings me to about 89% capacity according to aqadvisor.

I was originally thinking about 3 pearl gouramis (1M&2F) but after much reading around about the pros and cons of having a "feature" fish and problems with try to sex pearl gouramis at the LFS, I am now thinking about Sparkling Gouramis OR another bunch of schooling tetras.

I've never seen a sparkling gourami and don't know very much about them other than what I have read online. I am also concerned that my tank may not be still enough. See my youtube.

Do people have advice for me about possible stocking options and or advice for me about pros and cons on pearl versus sparkling gouramis.

The tank is full of smallish fish at the moment. I don't mind that - but it would be nice to have something else of interest at the top of the tank.
 

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Thanks Natalie,
I've also been wondering about getting some more corydoras too. I've perhaps been misled into thinking that the peppered cats and bronze don't see themselves as different, but after 2 weeks in the tank I've noticed pairings in each group of three.

Changing to sand at this stage seems a little overwhelming but can see that my corys would probably like it in preference to the gravel. How do you even do it with out having to completely remove everything and starting again? I was thinking maybe I could put a corner of sand in for them and make sure I feed them in that corner?
 

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Wow! Thanks so much Jaysee, I am very grateful to you for taking the time to write me such detailed instructions. I am off to the LFS to see what sand I can get my hands on. I'll keep you posted.

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