I've been looking for a schooling fish for my 5-foot cichlid tank for quite a while but keep coming up empty handed. Current inhabitants include a couple of tbars and some juvie red severums. Then it occured to me -- what about a school of 8 or so botiine loaches? I have kept yoyos in the past and I am certain they are more than tough enough to hang out with my tbars and sevs. As an added bonus, they make excellent scavengers and will snuff out any uneaten food easily, and time they tend to utilise all levels of the tank and add a burst of activity to an otherwise lethargic tank.

I was thinking either yoyos, skunks or red-finned blue botia. Any opinions/suggestions?