Sylver, thanks for your input! 18 will be the final
number of loaches. 9 will be the 'normal' sized kuhli loaches (I currently only have 5) and 9 of them are the 1 inch dwarf spaghetti noodle loaches (I probably confused you, cuz' I said they're so small I'll count them as a half a fish each
) They're okay in the 55g right now - grand total of 14 loaches currently. . . which *SOUNDS* like too many, but again - most of them are tiny dwarfs. It only seems crowded when they pile up for dinner. Otherwise. . . they're active and out, but not smooshed. I'll be adding another 2 feet of tank space, length-wise, and a few inches front to back. But yeah, also almost doubling the population of bottom dwellers. My first priority is to up the shoal of Kuhli to 9. I've been trying to do that for a year now, just can't find them. Then I'll watch and see. . . if they seem crowded, then I'll skip the Cories. . .
Boxer, Ahhh, yes. Bolivians don't
like a ton of activity. . .Hopefully, since I'm not keeping the larger, more active loaches, my rams won't hide! There are also more of them, and they're always in each-other's business - if not mine. I'm going to try it and hope for the best :) It will be Pearl Gourami that are the bigger fish, hopefully they mostly stay at the surface like they're 'supposed' to, and my rams don't mind. . .just a random thought, did you ever consider moving your rams into the smaller tank where the Germans lived? Maybe they'd be happier without the loaches in their way?