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03-02-2013, 11:56 PM #19
Okay... Sorry, I didn't mean to sound quite so harsh in that last comment. I'm pleased you're trying to make the right decisions -- your fish will really thank you for it. I'm only trying to help because I had a DISASTER with loaches in one of my tanks when I had not long started out. I got 4 Yoyo Loaches and they wiped out all my bottom-dwelling stock in my 65g tank in just a few days -- 2 BN Plecs and 12 Julii Cories. It took me a long time to want to try to keep loaches again after that but they are a very rewarding fish if kept properly. I didn't keep them in a big enough group and I chose to buy them even though I was warned they weren't very tolerant of other bottom dwellers -- I just don't want you to have to make the same mistakes.
If you go with Dwarf Chains I'd go for 8 since they are so small. These can be expensive because they're Critically Endangered in the wild. They're my favourite fish though, I have them in a 45g planted tank with the same dimensions as yours.
Zebra Loaches should be the same price as Angelicus, they're about the same or cheaper here. If you go for Zebras I would go for 6.
There are other suitable loaches for your tank -- did you read the link I gave you on the first page? If you have Golden Zebra Loaches, Botia histrionica, available these would be suitable, as would Ladder Loaches. Best bet is to go look at your LFS, write down the names of loaches you see and some back here to see if they are suitable. Stay away from Skunk or Blue Botia -- these are NASTY!
With Dwarf Chains you should have no problem keeping an Angelfish, however I would not risk an Angelfish with Zebras. A Gourami will do just fine.
What other fish do you like?
Last edited by Amelia; 03-03-2013 at 12:01 AM.