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Any suggestions for stocking? I think I would like a nice group of small fish (neon tetras or something peaceful like that) with some 3-6 inch fish as well, and a couple of bottom feeders. I'm ok with starting from scratch and not worrying about mixing the fish from the 29 gallon into the 75.
I would like to move the loach over, but concerned about its eventual size, especially if I get a group of them.
About the Tetras disappearing, we think the loach kills them occasionally, we started with 5 now we have 3.
I haven't previously commented on the fish mentioned in post #1 as we were dealing with other issues and I got the sense you were fairly aware of the issues. Now's the time though.

Loach are highly social fish and absolutely must be in a group. Five or six is the recommended minimum, though one can manage sometimes (depending upon species and space) with 4. The eventual size of the Clown Loach is an issue that has to be addressed before you get more. This fish will need a 6-foot tank. There are other species more suitable to 4-foot tanks, I have four of them.

Almost any of the tetra will work, with your water.

Byron Hosking, BMus, MA
Vancouver, BC, Canada

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Something we all need to remember: The fish you've acquired was quite happy not being owned by you, minding its own business. If you’re going to take it under your wing then you’re responsible for it. Every aspect of its life is under your control, from water quality and temperature to swimming space. [Nathan Hill in PFK]
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