Originally Posted by 55Range
So Byron, what fish do you think I need to remove ?
Considering my 6 discus are my favorites and and kind of love the loaches too, 5 clown, 5 yoyo, 1 striated and the 1 weather Loach.
Remove the Weather loach, is not not suitable due to temp. Increase the Botia striata to at least 5 [assume this is the "striated" species, check our profile]. In a well-planted tank, subdued lighting, this will work fine. You could add some shoaling fish too for added interest upper water, not necessary but possible. The Botia almorhae (YoYo) can sometimes be a bit "playful" or feisty, but are generally quite compatible with other loaches.
On the lighting, by subdued I mean as minimal as necessary for the plants. Floating plants help here, as they provide some shade cover for the fish. Discus and all loaches are not fond of bright light. I can almost guarantee discus will be more colourful with a cover of floating plants. Fish sensitivity to light is not well understood by many aquarists. They have light receptors in their skin cells as well as via their eyes.
Here's what I mean by discus in shady habitats; this is a video of discus in their natural habitat. Note the very murky water [= little light penetration] and floating vegetation and branches.
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BwDCseB-D0Y"]Wild Discus natural Habitat - YouTube[/ame]