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post #1 of 6 Old 08-08-2010, 07:13 PM Thread Starter
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Pleco, Shrimp, Any Bottom Feeders?

I'm looking to get a bottom feeder for my fully cycled 25 Gallon tank now that i can add 1-2 fish a week. Ive noticed old food on the floor of the tank and didn't want to gravel vacuum it until it cycled all the way. Any suggestions on what would be a good match for my tank?
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6 Tiger Barbs and a Pictus Catfish are whats in my tank now
i'm going to upgrade to a 90 gallon in a couple of months but for now what should i get as far as bottom feeders?

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post #2 of 6 Old 08-08-2010, 07:23 PM
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Your pictus cat is a bottom feeder and I'm thinking that if you're finding "old" food on the bottom of the tank you are overfeeding your tank. Pictus are incredible scavengers, mine thinks it is a Hoover vacuum cleaner. Try feeding less. In a 25 gl, if it was my tank (and it's not), I wouldn't add anyone else to the bottom as your pictus needs all that room to himself. My pictus is a full six inches (he's two years old) so until you upgrade to the 90 I wouldn't add any other bottom feeders. There just isn't enough real estate to go around for multiple bottom feeders in your tank.

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so i should do a gravel vacuum for now then? ive been feeding them less lately and it seems to have been helping i just dont want to disturb the habitat on the floor is all.

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If you have plants, you don't need to vacuum the substrate around the plants. Bacteria will break down the organics for the plants to use via the substrate. Areas with no plants can be vacuumed.

Vacuuming the substrate in a cycled and established tank will have very little impact on bacteria. Nitrification bacteria colonize every surface under water. It is the other stuff (organics) you want to remove if there are no plants to use it.

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Thank You Byron, Im heading down to my local pet shop in about an hour to buy some stuff for my tank, as far as plants which do you think i should get for the tank i can Google it and research them i just don't want to over plant because my pictus needs a lot of room to swim, so im thinking maybe in the corners and such i can throw some plants in.

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Thank You Byron, Im heading down to my local pet shop in about an hour to buy some stuff for my tank, as far as plants which do you think i should get for the tank i can Google it and research them i just don't want to over plant because my pictus needs a lot of room to swim, so im thinking maybe in the corners and such i can throw some plants in.
Any I would recommend are in our plant profiles, it gives sizes, etc. Second tab from left in the blue bar at the top.

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