Since I'm not starting my 30 gal
planted tank until July, I've had nothing to do but time to think, re-think, and re-think again about what I want to put in it.
I'm still planning on focusing the tank around a pair or trio (2 F, 1 M) of German Blue Rams, and I've somehow become attached to the idea of an All-South America tank (thus ditching the original kuhliis idea) - but I'm having an awfully tough time picking a schooling fish.
I love rummynoses, but I've heard they're fry eaters and would like to at least give my GBRs a shot at raising some youngin's. I also like diamond head neons, black neons, cardinals, green fires, glowlights, gold neons, penguins, and purple emperors...but lately, Lemon Tetras have turned my head.
Now, talk me into or out of them, or point me in another schooling fish direction
(While we're on the subject, the potential for fry is also causing me grief on the bottomfeeder side. I'm planning on a small group of otos (3-5), and may expand the tank's region north a bit and add a couple sunburst mollies for added algae control. My natural instinct, then, would be to add 4-5 panda corys to fill out the bottom of the tank...if not for the fry. If I went with a bristlenose or rubberlip plec instead, would there be enough algae to go around, or would it be ok so long as i supplemented with algae-based food sources - flakes or tablets, etc.? Should I just get over the all-Americas tank idea and get kuhliis or yoyos instead to fill more of the cory "clean up crew" role instead of a pleco that's going to be somewhat redundant to the efforts of the otos and mollies? Am I thinking too hard? Should I stop before I hurt myself?)