I'm finally going to stock my 20g long tank this weekend, yay! I was afraid to pull too much mature media from my other thanks, so I have been doing a little bit of a fishless cycle with pure ammonia to be sure the bacterial colony is strong enough to stock it in one go. And it's definitely cycled as of yesterday!
I'm pretty excited. My plan is to get either habrosus or pygmy cories (I'd prefer habrosus, but they only had 5 or 6 left last time I was in), sparkling gouramis, and then I'll leave it up to fate as to what to get for a pair/trio of centerpiece fish. They had a lot to choose from last time at this store, and the owner said he had just gotten in a bunch more fish that were just about to come out of quarantine!
The sad part is I have to get a couple of replacement gouramis for my 54 gallon tank. I had 3 red flame dwarf gouramis, and two of them died mysteriously 2 weeks ago - well, one just disappeared and the other one I found 90% eaten by snails overnight. There were no signs of illness, and none of the other fish or the remaining gourami show any signs now after 2 weeks. It coincided with my recent power outage, so I'm wondering if there was a small spike from the filter being off for about 4 hours and they just couldn't handle it. They were both pretty runty, although very healthy. It's weird though because I have other, more sensitive fish (and shrimp) in there that had no problems. And it wasn't the "dwarf gourami disease" that lurks around. I figure waiting 2 weeks with no signs of trouble in the other fish is safe, and the fish store owner is holding his new gouramis in quarantine for me until Saturday (he quarantines fish for a month and I totally trust him), so I won't have to worry about it. Poor little guys though.