I recently got home from serving in the military and decided to take up fishkeeping again after a long break, and I decided to get a 20 gallon tall tank (I got a kit from Aqueon with a QuietFlow 20 filter, LED
lighted hood, and a 100 watt heater). It has two chunks of red lava rock and two rather large pieces of driftwood as well as a small assortment of plants (I added them within the last week so they're not full or pretty yet). For stocking I put 4 powder blue dwarf gouramis, 5 harlequin rasboras, 5 striped khuli loaches, and two black mystery snails.
I feel like this tank is over stocked, especially since three of the gouramis have become very territorial and started picking on all the other fish in the tank. So far they've killed three of my rasboras and at least two of the loaches, so I moved my remaining two rasboras to my baby betta's 2.5 gallon planted tank temporarily until I can figure out what to do with them.
I'm fairly certain the fourth gourami is going to die soon since the other three have nipped his fins and scales so much that he can barely swim and one of his sides looks like the scales have been torn off, but I don't have another tank set up that I can put him in at the moment.
I have another ten gallon tank just sitting around, but it's dirty and I only have the tank itself, none of the accessories. I'm considering setting it up, but my budget is a little tight at the moment and I don't exactly have space to put it since I live in a tiny home that has very limited horizontal surfaces that can support that kind of weight.
Do y'all have any suggestions or ideas on what I should do? If I've done anything that you disagree with, let's talk about it, I'm all for discussion
PS- I'm thinking of possibly adding some colorful shrimp to the 2.5 at some point? Good idea or no? Your thoughts?
UPDATE: The fourth gourami unfortunately did die. I found him a few minutes ago with his tail nearly gone and the injury on his side extremely swollen. He has been removed from the tank.