Hey, im new to this forum and was just wondering what a great looking barb tank would look like. I currently have a 20gal long tank with 8 barbs total, 4 Odessa barbs, 2 very dark cherry barbs, and 2 green tiger barbs. Along with those schooling fish, i have 1 golden mystus catfish ( aka 2 spotted cat), 2 ottocicnles, a clown pleco an albino bristlenose pleco. My tank has plenty of black sand on the bottom, so its easy enough for the waste to be sucked into my corner filter and keeps the water crystal clear with the help of the regular filter. I have it lightly planted, dont really know the names of the plants except my anubus plant. 2 other species of plants are in there, 4-6 of each.
Before anythings said about having 2 plecos (already heard it at my local pet shop) the clown pleco hangs out at the small piece of driftwood. and the albino hangs out around my rocks which have collected plenty of algea.If i think theyre not getting enough food, i just toss in an algea pellet. The otto's are small enough i think they're just going to become food for my catfish eventually.
So now that that's settled, i was just wondering if i should add a vast variety of live plants, and make it extremely leafy with a few more pieces of driftwood added. I was also thinking of adding 4 more barbs, 2 cherry and 2 tiger barbs, just to make the classes of barbs equal. My buddy is switching his tanks around to make one a cichlid tank, and he wants to get rid of his 3inch RTBS. My mystus cat is about 4 1/2'' long and has owned any tank he has been through, so i dont know if those two larger fish would collide in a 20gal long, even though the RTBS is a medium-top swimmer while my cat stays mainly on the sand.
if anyone wants a better description of the tank, i can upload a pic within a few minutes if thats what it takes.
p.s. I would also like to add a small powerhead in the opposite corner of my corner filter just to give it that extra uhmpf to get the job done, ya know?