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Male Endlers or Pygmy or Hasbrosus Cories are fun. The male Endlers are more colorful. You'll need live plants. I'd recommend Anubias, Cabomba and Narrow Leaf Anacharis.

Before buying plants from PetSmart, make sure they're truly aquatic. Many they sell are not. There are some good online sources and Peachii has nice packages in the Classifieds.
I know this is a weird question but can you mix cardinal tetras, brigit rasboras, and endlers to make one small school or does it have to be either one species or the other? Would my betta mind the mini-school?

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Male Endlers or Pygmy or Hasbrosus Cories are fun. The male Endlers are more colorful. You'll need live plants. I'd recommend Anubias, Cabomba and Narrow Leaf Anacharis.

Before buying plants from PetSmart, make sure they're truly aquatic. Many they sell are not. There are some good online sources and Peachii has nice packages in the Classifieds.
I'm looking into endlers, and I'm really liking them! I have no experience with live plants though :( are big artificial plants ok? How many endlers can I stick comfortably with the betta? Also, can they share my betta's food (hikari bio gold pellets) or do they eat something different?

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IMO, live plants are important. The plants Peachii as for sale are easy-to-keep ones. I'm sure if you sent a PM, she'd be glad to put together whatever you need.

You could have 10+ Endlers in your tank. I feed mine Hikari Fancy Guppy food.

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IMO, live plants are important. The plants Peachii as for sale are easy-to-keep ones. I'm sure if you sent a PM, she'd be glad to put together whatever you need.

You could have 10+ Endlers in your tank. I feed mine Hikari Fancy Guppy food.

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Where can I buy endlers??? I looked at petco and petsmart's website and they don't sell them (at least that's what they show...) do rasboras fair well with endlers? (They look similar...)

I'm sorry for all the questions I just don't want to make any mistakes!!

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Fish will prefer having more of their own species to being mixed in with a bunch of others. Personally, I think one big school is more visually stunning than an overwhelming bunch of different species. :)

Live plants are honestly very easy. If you are nervous, I'd suggest going for a mix of fake plants (look into FinSafe - realistic and beautiful!) and low maintenance real ones. Java fern, java moss, anubias, elodea...they are all easy to maintain. :)

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I guess you may be right! (Now I need to choose :/ )
As for the plants go, maybe I will get like live and the rest fake to see how I can take care of them, I just don't wanna stress myself out haha

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Ok so I have decided on 1 betta male w/ 6-7 neon tetras/cardinal tetras/boraras brigittae/endlers (I have to see the availability in my LFS and each of their temperament to choose) w/ 2-3 otos
I will have mostly fake plants and 2 live ones

Is this fine?

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I'd go with 1 Betta and 10 Boraras Brigittae and no otos.

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I'd go with 1 Betta and 10 Boraras Brigittae and no otos.
Don't I need the otos for eating the algae?

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You never *need* algae-eating fish. Remember that each fish has its own bioload, so they increase the amount you need to clean.

Worth noting: you've selected a bunch of fish that all crome from very different water. Make sure you know your pH and water hardness before making a decision - some fish (like tetras, rasboras and otos) need soft, acidic water, whereas others (live Endlers) do much better in hard, alkaline water.

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