After very quickly becoming addicted to all things aqua, we have a 3 ft, 176 litre tank completely uninhabited and after much discussion have decided to keep it and stock it.
It is currently on a fishless cycle with a canister filter, using filter media left for just under 2 weeks partially submerged in old tank water outside the back door, rain water now included. Which will be interesting.....
RO water on hand if we need it.
Sand substrate which we are not prepared to change. Heater available too.
So what would be everyone's ideal stocking?
Ideas have been planted only, planted with shrimp or a whole new community.
Open to anything as long as it is suitable for beginners!
How about a soft water South American community: a shoal of cardinal or rummy nose tetras, a shoal of Corydoras sterbai, a pair of one of the Apistogramma species and maybe a small pleco such as Panaqolus maccus (clown pleco).