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I've got a 30G tank, lightly - and I mean very lightly - planted. There are plenty of caves, though.

I'm filtering at 225gph, keeping the water temperature between 73-75 degrees.

I have 5 H. Rasboras, one clown pleco, 2 corys, 1 small African cichlid (who is strangely peaceful), a siamese algae eater, a Hammers Cobalt Blue Lobster, and a Mexican Dwarf crawfish

Should/could I add more rasboras? And they strongly prefer the left corner of the tank by the more powerful filter intake.

Or, should/could I add a small school of something else - that might prefer the right half of the tank
 

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I agree that the rasboras would be better in a larger group, but I think the prefer the one side because something is frightening them right now. It could be the African Cichlid (which won't stay peaceful as it grows), the lobster, the crayfish or, frankly, all three. That's an unusual and potentially problematic mix you have in the tank. Decide which way you want to go with the tank and remove either the rasboras or the the three more aggressive species that I mentioned (and eventually the clown loach since it grows too large for the tank and prefers to be in groups anyway).
 

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I agree that the rasboras would be better in a larger group, but I think the prefer the one side because something is frightening them right now. It could be the African Cichlid (which won't stay peaceful as it grows), the lobster, the crayfish or, frankly, all three. That's an unusual and potentially problematic mix you have in the tank. Decide which way you want to go with the tank and remove either the rasboras or the the three more aggressive species that I mentioned (and eventually the clown loach since it grows too large for the tank and prefers to be in groups anyway).
Clown pleco should only get to 4 inches...

Its weird - but - well - everything likes the left side of the tank...

The cichlid will be leaving when it grows another half inch or so.
 

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Clown pleco should only get to 4 inches...

Its weird - but - well - everything likes the left side of the tank...

The cichlid will be leaving when it grows another half inch or so.
My mistake - i read that as clown loach, not pleco. I agree that a clown pleco will be fine in your tank.
 

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Those M Auratus are nippy little jerks. I would re-home asap. I had one when I was a fish newb and it ate all the fins off fish 3-4x its size. I hate those things.

I would agree with the rest to add more H rasboras. My only concern is the 'lobster' may grab one from time to time.
 

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Those M Auratus are nippy little jerks. I would re-home asap. I had one when I was a fish newb and it ate all the fins off fish 3-4x its size. I hate those things.

I would agree with the rest to add more H rasboras. My only concern is the 'lobster' may grab one from time to time.
The circle of life - right? At $2.50 per rasbora, I don't mind. It died for a good cause. The lobster is the real crown jewel of the tank anyway.
 
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