Originally Posted by PNWaquarist
I don't know much about the catfish and loaches, but you'll want at least 6 Neons (10 is better if there are no other tetras in the tank). They will get stressed and can die if there aren't enough. Also, they live in stagnant ponds in the wild and don't deal well with appreciable tank current.
You may want consider a small shoal (6+) of Black Neon Tetras. Despite the name, they're very unlike Neons. They're larger, less shy, and more tolerant of water current and slightly harder water. If you're going to keep any sort of tetra, I'd also recommend getting a few more tall plants for the back of the tank. Otherwise, they'll tend to hunker down.
thanks for the advice on the tetras i added a couple more plants to the back of the tank.
The upside down catfish seem to be doing ok.
I also added a couple of Marimo ball plants to the environment
Anyone have advice on the other fish?