Better-55g by Justice-IV, on Flickr
This is my %% gal tank
Pleco2 by Justice-IV, on Flickr
My Pleco, and the dirt/gravel bottom
Hatchet by Justice-IV, on Flickr
BlueLoachQtank by Justice-IV, on Flickr
My blue Botia in Q tank
A couple of things: a) a 55 really isn't big enough for clowns.... sorry. Blues are almost as big and they're supposed to grow a little quicker than clowns so your upgrade might be a little sooner. Think about upgrading to 100Gal or more (preferably more) over the next 18 months.
Y. modesta also have a grouchy-streak as compared to clowns. I think your current stock should be OK, but keep an eye on your Ottos. Adding these fish will change the social "tone" of your tank from "suburbia" to "downtown" though- keep this in mind when you next go fish-shopping.
Don't worry about the trapped gas- it's just Methane, and as the fish disturbs the gas pocket the bubble just goes up and away. Maybe get some trumpet snails to keep it mixed, and to keep the loaches entertained (they'll dig them up and eat them). If they (loaches) get bored they start ripping up your plants & filters & other fish.
Think about getting a powerhead to put a little current into the system- your fish will all benefit, particularly the loaches.
As Andyroo has already mentioned, it would not be a good idea to try and house Y. modesta with Otocinclus species. The Y. modesta are simply too boisterous and will pick on these placid catfish.
East of the Sun, West of the Moon.
I honestly couldn't tell you- temperament in these guys seems highly variable and at least somewhat associated with who or what they're housed with. Mine are nothing short of murderous little stinkers, but they live nicely/peacefully with tetras and angels. The angels are pretty bloodthirsty on their own, though...
I don't think the loaches will bother with or even notice the Discus, but I'd hate to be proven wrong. They may also nick all the Discus's's food- they are pretty vigorous feeders.
I'm not sure if the tank functions this way because there's a lot going on to keep fish busy, or if I've just been playing with fire.
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