you could go with a lot more fish than that!
personally, I'd get way more tiger barbs, like 20 of them. Though, I'd probably ditch them for another barb; the odessa barb.
i'm not sure how the loaches will do in there, from my understanding they appreciate a lot more flow than normal fish.
Oh I know I can with a lot more, and I will be, just trying not to completely shock the bioload right off the bat. This is what I'm planning for my initial load (spread out over a month, water parameters and conditions dependent of course).
Yeah that was my debate on the loaches as well, from what I've been able to find, the Clown Loaches are the only ones that don't "have" to have a high flow in the tank as long as they have enough breathing room which is why I'm thinking of only getting 2. Would appreciate any input from anyone with first hand experience of having them or anyone more educated on them than me haha.
I had looked at the Odessa Barbs as I love their coloration, but from what I've been able to find they like water between a 6.5 and 7.0 Ph and cooler than 70 degrees which falls outside of my target parameters unfortunately.
I'm open to any suggestions tho! Looking for a lot of color and schools if possible. I'm attempting to mimic the flow and color of my old reef tanks without the high cost and maintenance that came with them! haha
Oh, another plus side to my choices is essentially all of the fish are on the same "diet" for the most part, bloodworms, flake food and algae pellets so it'll make diet and feeding time a lot more manageable (another goal).