amusingmax wrote: looks like an amazing fish! i was thinking i could keep the 2 i have for a year or so then donate them to a shop or my friend who has a 6 foot tank what u think
I'm afraid not as they will grow much more rapidly than that, and more importantly, your water is too hard and too high a pH for them. Your tank is also overstocked so something has to go - the best candidates are the Plecs and Loaches because neither the tank nor the water is suitable for them
Sorry you feel that you've mess up - you shouldn't worry - we've all been there! Just follow the advice and make the best of the situation.
Just to add about clown loaches - I had a 60 litre tank with two clown loaches (Bert and Ernie). I got the right information from this forum and now have a 260 litre tank (still not big enough- plans to upgrade in the near future-lottery win imminent or perhaps a large bank loan) and five clown loaches.
My tap water is very hard so I have to use special, purified water (RO) each week for the water change for them.
I can honestly say that they have grown enormously. If you have a look at my profile you can see Bert and Ernie when they were first introduced to the 260litre. That was two years ago. They look tiny! I can never actually photograph them now, because they never stay still (and hide most of the time).
Now, all five clown loaches are at least 4-5 inches long and growing all the time. I know I have some serious work to do in the near future to continue to house them, but I couldn't bear to part with them now.
So think very carefully about what fish to keep and perhaps return the clown loaches - they won't thrive in a 60 litre hard water tank. I can vouch for that.