I just started a fishless cycle in my 55 gallon tank today, so it will be a few weeks before I can put any fish in the tank, but I want to have a game plan for when I can add fish. Below is a list of the fish I am considering stocking my tank with:
Corydoras catfish (C. julii, or C. trilineatus)
Kuhli Loach (striped)
Bristle Nose Pleco and/or Hillstream Loach
Middle Dwellers/Schooling Fish
Rummy nose Tetra
Cardinal or Neon Tetras
Dwarf Neon Rainbow Fish (Praecox Rainbow)
I have three questions....
1) If I stock my tank with some fish from each of the species above, does anyone foresee any issues with the compatibility of any of the species listed?
2) I will obviously be adding fish slowly in stages, starting with hardier fish first.... Any suggestions for which of the fish listed above would be best to stock first? And which are more sensitive, and should be added last once the tank is more "mature"?
3) I plan to add one species of fish at a time (whether it be 2-3, or a small school of fish) and then add a different species every two weeks, so there is time for each species to become "established" in the tank, and make sure there are no issues before I add the next species. Is this a good strategy, or is there a better strategy that I should use?