well, as you are in the states you have a few more choices than us poor Aussies down here but that said I would still be going for a common bristlenose. There are several different morphs of the common bristlenose but all of them are excellent.
Personally I love them all and picking a single one to have would be hard. However, i know from selling them that the most popular is the Albino longfin morph, and I have to admit they look good!
you do have access to lots of other types of bristlenose. I must admit i have always wanted a Medusa bristlenose but they are illegal to import in Aus. So have a look into some of the different types.
Don't be afraid of ordering online. I know it seems a bit harsh but it is actually very safe these days. I have done it many time and have posted fish myself, its easy!
In terms of how the tank is set up, seems like everything is ok. I use pool filter sand too, you have wood and if you have neon tetra then the water parameters must be clost to the mark as they prefer the same water type.
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