02-17-2014, 09:17 PM
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The fish in the first list are good to keep with the exception of the Johanni as they can be mean.
Definitely no to the clown loaches with cichlids, they require different water parameters, cichlids need hard water and clown loaches need soft water. Cichlids even though you have some of the less aggressive ones in both lists, are too boisterous to be kept with clown loaches. Also long term your tank is too small to keep clown loaches until fully grown. When adult they need a 125g or larger tank. Yes they are slow growing but will you be getting a larger tank, hard to say unless why not get a big tank right off the bat.
Also keep in mind that Red Zebra crossbreed with yellow labs, so ideally you wont want to give away, trade or sell any of the fry from the tank.
Cichlids are also harem fish, ideally to keep aggression down, you would have 1 male to 3-4 females, you can go all male, although this can be challenging as if fish attack each other they need to be removed otherwise they will be killed.
If this is a tank aimed at your grandkids, then personally, I would look at the easier to keep ones, such as yellow labs, acei, rusty and red zebra. That will give you a nice variation in color. Yellow, purple, brown and orange.