My personal opinion on the 1" rule is that it prevents too much fish per tank. If you go over you will definitely be overstocked. Aim for understocked
Your fish store is telling you a line....
The guys at the aquarium store say the bottle of stuff I got will cycle the tank if I put it in and let the system run a week before adding any fish (and
Ahh..I'd probably forego the butterfly, that's just me. How exactly are you cycling the tank? Room to QT the newer fish later on?
8 of them at 2 inches each?