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post #1 of 7 Old 04-07-2014, 05:13 PM Thread Starter
Need a bottom feeder

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I'm looking to add a bottom feeder to my 36G bow front tank. I just recently switched to using New Life Spectrum pellets instead of tetra flakes and I'm noticing some left over food. I'm looking for something to eat up what the others don't. I really like the idea of clown loaches, but from what I've read they get way to large. However, I'd like a fish similar to this because I've heard they have great personalities.

Any help would be most appreciated.
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post #2 of 7 Old 04-07-2014, 05:33 PM
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If food is making it to the bottom, that's indicative that you're over feeding. Try feeding a bit less at meal time, or instead of doing one large pinch of food do a few smaller sprinkles so fish have time to gobble the pellets up before they sink.

If you really want bottom feeders, I'd recommend going with snails! They can be really helpful in an aquarium, are are good indicators as to whether you're over feeding. (Lots of snails = too much food available to them. A small colony = just right!)

Plus, they fit into pretty much any set up!
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post #3 of 7 Old 04-07-2014, 10:55 PM
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what about a group of cory catfish theres alot of variety, great personality, and they are amazingly cute
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Panda garras! They are amazing little fish and so much fun to watch. They clean up everything in my tank (I have 3). However, they are hard to come by. Try a local fish store and if they don't carry them, they can possibly try to order them for you. ^__^

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what about a group of cory catfish theres alot of variety, great personality, and they are amazingly cute
+1 That! I have 3 Panda Corydoras and they are so cute and so active. They tirelessly eat all day long. I would recommend a school of at least 6 though.

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If food is making it to the bottom, that's indicative that you're over feeding. Try feeding a bit less at meal time, or instead of doing one large pinch of food do a few smaller sprinkles so fish have time to gobble the pellets up before they sink.!
Almost all my fish eat off the bottom. I think if theres food left in the tank after the fish have eaten their fill, thats overfeeding. Too, in my community tanks - if I didn't feed enough for the food to reach the bottom, not all the fish would get their share. I've found with some combinations of fish, "overfeeding" is a necessity. And so are snails, to eat the leftover food

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post #7 of 7 Old 04-25-2014, 12:48 PM Thread Starter
I forgot to say, I went with some cory catfish. I love these little guys. Not spot in the tank gets overlooked. When I vacuum my gravel very rarely is there any food particles left over.
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