Hey all. I'm stuck on what to stock my newest aquarium with, a 30 gallon long. This one is going in my bedroom, and I want it planted with lots of color. I just ordered a bunch of plants for it (Micro Sword, Anubias Nana, Chainsword, Java Fern, Undulata Cryptocoryne, Water Sprite, Ludwigia, Amazon Sword, and two Anacharis and Cabomba) as well as Eco-Complete substrate, a few pieces of Malaysian driftwood, and six cichlid stones for hiding spots. The tank has been cycling for just over three weeks now. Ammonia and nitrite is at 0 ppm, and nitrate is at 8 ppm.
Anyway. The fish that are definitely going in there are one Gold Gourami and two Bolivian Rams, and I am also currently considering purchasing a Green Dragon Bristlenose. I'm looking for something else to round out the tank. I've considered a school of Zebra or Giant Danios, but something on Live Aquaria caught my eye today - a Hammers Cobalt Blue Lobster. These guys are absolutely gorgeous! It says that they are generally only aggressive toward their own kind, and will usually not bother fish unless they are very small and slow enough to catch.
Basically I'm curious to know if there's any hope of one working in this tank. I have a good track record of keeping species together who coexist well, and while I'm not very worried about my Gourami (who will grow bigger than the lobster anyway) or the Rams, I am concerned about the Bristlenose and plants. If he's going to destroy the plants, that's an automatic out. I just thought they were so striking, I figured I'd ask around.