Hiya newlyweds and welcome to Aquariumadvice
Wheee! A new 55g *grin* what to do, what to do.
I'm not sure if you are aware of the controversy surrounding Blood Parrots. They are not a natural breed; no one knows how they are bred (the breeders in Asia aren't talking). Because they are so mutated, they are prone to certain health problems; the most serious is the mouth, which becomes more deformed as they get older. Some reach a point where they cannot close it. If you buy them, make sure you buy ones which are yellowish orange, or red. The other colors? Are artificial; the fish are dyed. Its really unhealthy for em; some become ill because of it and all of em lose the dye anyway after a period of time. We had a post about em recently; you can check it out here: http://www.aquariumadvice.com/viewtopic.php?t=15977
. On the other hand, Parrots are cichlids, and like most cichlids they are really personable.
Clown loaches; yay! What fun they are; I have 3 in my 55g, along with 3 yoyo loaches. Do be sure to include some caves for them as they need a "safe place". And I don't know if you are aware, but mature clown loaches which are well kept top out around 12 inches long! My largest one is just over 4 inches long; he put on at least 2 inches in the past 6 months (and is a big fat baby LOL
What sort of fish are you interested in? It will help us help you guys is you can give us an idea of what you're looking for; there are SO many fish to chose from!
Do you have an understanding of the nitrogen cycle? I'm guessing you do, but if not I strongly suggest you read this article: http://faq.thekrib.com/begin-cycling.html
. It explains what the cycle is and how imperative it is to understand it. Oh, and see if your lfs
carries Bio-Spira. Its the only product on the market which cycles a tank instantly; you add it with your fish to a new tank, and while you still need to test your water, should keep ammonia and nitrites to a minimum if not to zero.
Are you considering a planted tank? Let us know; theres all sorts of info you'll need for that too