Originally Posted by fighttest
everything is reading fine zeros on everything i added 6 more neon tetras and a zebra loach today i guess im going to have to get one or two more as suggested by different sources on the internet iv also added some drift wood but its free floating so i need to figure out a way to anchor it down. my dad suggested a steal plate but i figure that would rust and do some stuff to the water so im thinking ill just glue it with some aquarium safe stuff to some thin slate and it wont float up to the top
On the wood, some will eventually sink but some types will not and needs to be held down. Glue the wood onto a piece of slate and then bury the slate under the gravel. Silicone is a "glue" that is waterproof, it is what holds the tank glass together, and it may work on the wood and slate but I haven't tried it.
On the loaches, yes, Botia striata are shoaling fish and do better in groups, minimum 3 is fine if space is a problem, they like swimming rom as they are active and playful (like most loaches), or a couple more if your tank can handle them.