01-24-2012, 06:01 PM
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Originally Posted by amy11
will i need bottom feeders in such a small tank, when would be the right time to add them?
I always like tohave substrate fish primarily for interest at that level, but also they do tend to find bits of food. In any tank without substrate fish, I frequently see bits of food that dropped to the bottom and containing fungus; I have never seen this in tanks with corys, loaches, catfish, etc.
You could add them after the livebearers, or before. The Whiptail is fairly robust, I have added these to new tanks with no issues. And while most corys normaly settle better in an established tank, the two mentioned species are again a bit sturdier so before or after there too.