Hey wanted to get some insite on the bio load suggested for my tank. Currently I have 2 Flame Red Gourami, 2 Neon Blue Gourami, 18 Cardinal Tetra, 6 Otto Cat Fish, 2 German Blue Rams, and 2 Female Bettas along with around 6 Amano Shrimp. I've tested everyday for weeks and not one problems with nitrate, nitrite, and ammonia they're all at 0 sometimes nitrate getting to around I belive 5 PPM but not for long I usally test a few hours later and it went down and that's usally after I had added new fish.
Setup I have a 150W Quartz Heater, Currently running a air wand until I get my Co2 System setup just waiting on a special order part, I have a AquaClear 70 & 50 running as well and my lighting is a Marine Land Reef Capable light.
The tank imo is heavily planted due to the fish needing places to hide and feel safe. My substrate is Organice Choice Potting Mix that I soaked for several weeks and removed the floating stuff from it, I have a layer of dark flourite on top to help cap that, then a layer of Eco-Complete, and topped with black sand to stop leeching.
Any Suggestions let me know, I also have a PH of 7.5 and VERY soft water I buy from a fish store when I do water changes.