Originally Posted by MaisyDawgThirteen
What about a pair of dwarf gouramis (male/female), 12 rummynoses, and 6 Cories with a Snail? Or (like registereduser suggested) do 1 male betta, 6 cories, and 12 rummynoses with a snail?
The ones sold as feeders are rosy red/fathead minnows. :)
I don't really like paradise fish or hillstream loaches. D:
What about dojo loaches with celestial pearl danios/WCMM?
Female dwarf gourami almost never appear in stores, I doubt you'd find one. They are pretty dull. You'd probably be restricted a male. Remember, never keep two male gourami together (unless they are in a very large tank).
A honey gourami would probably work, they are less prone to chasing than dwarfs, and females might be easier to find. Or one male would look stunning- they even have honey gourami that are red if that's what you are looking for. :D
Note; I was looking into H. bleheri, they may be called firehead tetra in stores. However, be careful as these get mixed up. You want the ones that have their entire heads red (like thekoimaiden posted), the ones with just red on their noses are a different species, wild caught and needing soft water. The link koimaiden posted has a photo to help you distinguish species. I believe P. georgiae is the one you want to avoid, as they are mostly wild caught still.
Edit; avoid the dojo loach as they can exceed 10 inches. I can't think of any other coolwater loach for you atm...
Also, most celestial danios are wild caught and do best in a hardness of under 6gH, which you don't have if you have medium hard water (this fact broke my heart, too).