06-12-2012, 09:51 AM
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Originally Posted by War Monk
Thanks for the input guys.
For the cleaning niche would Khuli Loaches fill the same role as Corys?
Byron - If i can pick your brain (or anyone else's who can help) a little bit more, the plants I have or will have very soon when they arrive are 1 Amazon Sword (medium in size) 1 small Java fern, 2 hanfulls of Java Moss, 1 plant of Water Sprite and 1 bunch of a strap-like plant (struggling to identify it, long flat leaves like a sag or Lomandra on land I would say, its doing very well. Been in 2 weeks and has sent out runners with 6 new plants pushing up throught the sand!). Is this enough plants to ease the burden to add entire groups, or *gulp* the whole lot at once when its all settled in? Will try and get a photo but struggling to get any decent pic without it being all flash or just rubbish.
You should not rely on any fish to do cleaning. However, having said that, some fish will eat any food that may land on the substrate, though different fish have different preferences, so this is hit and miss--and substrate fish must be given specific foods to be healthy, they cannot be left to exist on finding scraps. A better choice of a cleaner would be the small snails, particularly Malaysian Livebearing Snails. These are ideal in planted tanks, they burrow throughout the substrate and eat everything they find in the way of food, fish waste, and other organic matter. When it comes to fish, only get fish you really like and want in the tank, rather than a fish that may help with cleaning.
If the plants mentioned are in the tank, adding a species group, say 12 neon tetra, will not be a problem. I would add the fish one species at a time. Plus, once the first fish are in the tank, any new additions should be quarantined in a small tank to avoid introducing disease.
Tip on taking photos, never use the flash. When you have fish, a flash will alarm them. But flash always distorts the colours and such. The tank light alone is best.