Originally Posted by Canadian Fish
Well, it made it to the Ottawa Depot an hour ago. So I would assume it will definitely be here sometime today! Woo hoo.
On an unrelated note, before I went to bed last night, I threw a 10 pound roast, potatoes and carrots in the slow cooker and I just woke up to a great smelling house.
Gotta love the slow cooker, working while you sleep. ;)
there defo a good air freshener for the house lol
some things you may want to conciser
clown loach really are a fascinating fish to keep
but if you plan on keeping them you need to choose your substrate around them they like to hide in fine pea gravel or sand
also because they have a life span of around 50 years they grow very slow
and need lots of hiding places if the substrate isn't of the kind they can hide in so lots of ornaments caves etc.....
as far as plants go they make the maintenance of tanks so much easier i would go with normal plants to start as i am guessing that the ballas you will be getting will be under 2 or 3 inches this would give you at least 2-3 years of happily planted tank
also i have not seen my ballas going for other fish yet they are around 2 years old and about's 4--5 inches in size although they are supposed to become a little more aggressive as they grow past 6-7 inches
take a look at a small school of glass cat fish (4 - 6 of them would be nice) they should fit straight into this type of tank nicely i love my two
also you mentioned loach
i love my golden weather loach (A.K.A(dojo loach) although they are sold as cold water they live very happily and healthy in tropical tanks they have very active moments and then laze around for some time they are 100% the most attractive fish in my main tank and hence the name go mental before a storms hits
another bonus to keeping them is that there snake like motions across the bottom of the tank stir up all the waste and let your filter pick the majority of it up good addition to any clean up crew
and hence the name go mental before storms hit
hhuuummmmm i think around 4-7 would be nice in a tank that size
maybe a black ghost knife fish too they really are a beautiful fish but you can only have one!!!
you would most probably be ok with a pair of kribensis cichlids too they grow to around 6 inches and are fascinating to breed take a look at the care sheet for them one that includes how to breed and i know you will be interested
just some advise and suggestions there for you see what you think and let us know