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setting up loach tank

I currently have 5 yoyo loaches in my 75 gallon community tank. they are all between 1.5"-2" I want to rehouse them sooner rather than later before they get too large. I set up a 55 gallon tank over the weekend. my question is, should I add 3 more yoyo's for a total of 8 OR should I add 5 clown loaches. I have always wanted clown loaches but I have heard not to mix yoyo's and clowns. both tanks are heavily planted.

I could also leave the loaches in the 75 and move all other fish in my tank (tetras and corys) to the 55 gallon with sand substrate to give the loaches more room.

I'm so undecided lol

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Clown loaches get to be far too large for a 55 gallon tank ( typical size at maturity being 7-12").
The minimum size tank required is a 100 gallons.

Here is a reference for you to look at:

180 g. low tech w/ wild South American cichlids, corydoras eques, and African Congo riverine tetras.
60 g. low tech w/ F1 Alenquer pair /Stendker "Tefe" discus and wild Altum Angels
30 g. low tech w/ Wild Tucano tetras
30 g. low-tech African Biotope
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I can always upgrade to a larger tank when they outgrow it. having 5- 2" yoyo's and 5 - 2" clowns in a heavily planted 75 would be fine for a while until they outgrow it.

I'm also afraid that either type of loach would uproot any plants I put in the 55 since I used sand substrate. whereas in the 75, I have smooth gravel plant substrate with plants with well established root systems.

This is the 55 I have set up. I have another large piece of hallow wood I'm going to place in the center of the tank.

This is the 75 I currently have the loaches in
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