So I just purchased a 20 gallon tank from a co-worker and have only had one tank in the past, that tank was a 29 gallon so it was a bit bigger.
Right now I am really in love with Panda Loaches and was going to attempt the following stocking.
Panda Loaches x6 (for sure)
Oto Cats x6 (maybe?)
I wanted to add some sort of tetra, liver bearer, or tiger barbs as well to the tank.
So with my 29 it was well on its way to being heavily planted and at various points I had followed the "fish per inch" not calculating for decor, plants, or substrate mind you. Everything thrived until I moved to Texas and tore it down. It's in storage in Michigan so I am limited by my used 20 gallon for now.
going by that not so tried and true inch per fish I'd be 2 inches over just based on the loaches and oto's.
Not going to delete my blunder but apparently I was mixing tropical with sub tropical fish. The question still stands on "normal" stocking for a 20 gallon tank. Alternatively to tetra's and oto cats what should I mix with the loaches and cherrys then?