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post #1 of 6 Old 05-19-2007, 08:17 PM Thread Starter
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Starting fish for my new 36 gallon aquarium

What do you think of these fish as my first fish for my tank. It is a start. Plus it is my first aquarium.

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Chinese Algae Eater * 2
Plecostomus - Small * 2
Assorted Platies * 3
Assorted Mickey Mouse Platies * 3
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post #2 of 6 Old 05-19-2007, 09:02 PM Thread Starter
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A couple more that I am considering.

FW - Japanese Trapdoor Snail (Pond) *4

FW - Olive Nerita Snail * 4

FW - Freshwater Clam * 4
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post #3 of 6 Old 05-19-2007, 10:22 PM
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I don't know much about clams, but I'm seriously looking into them. My LFS doesn't carry them since no one has asked and they have no idea how to care for them. I've not gotten good direction in doing searches but what I'm thinking is that because they are filter feeders, I don't think most people are feeding them properly.

As for CAE, I'd avoid them and go with Siamese Algae Eaters instead. CAE tend to get aggressive.
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post #4 of 6 Old 05-20-2007, 03:58 AM
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I would suggest either the algae eaters or the plecos...

It is my experience that one pleco will eat up all of the algae in the that size of tank once it is established. I have little pleco in my 30G tank and I have to plop a few algae wafers in once in a while because I feel sorry for him... So if you looking for tank cleaning 4 algae eaters may be a little overkill.

If you like the whole bottom dweller thing you could check out some cories... But if you like plecos and algae eaters than its cool to get those, you may have to feed them some special food...

Good Luck! Post pictures of your tank when your done! :D
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post #5 of 6 Old 05-20-2007, 07:52 AM
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I'd recommend not getting chinese algae eaters as they will far outgrow a 36g tank. They can grow to something like 12". The same goes with plecs, depending which type. Just make sure you get a type which stays smallish for example clown, ancistrus or queen arabesque.

I don't know about the clams. From memory I thikn I remember a post somewhere where somebody recommended against getting them because they will ambush fish, but I could be wrong.

The pletties would be fine, just make sure you're prepared for lots of little platties very soon.

The snails seem like good choices as long as you add calcium for their shells. The neritas won't breed in freshwater - they need brackish water for that so as long as you don't want to breed them - they're a very pretty snail and supposed to be quite active. :)
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I don't know about the clams. From memory I thikn I remember a post somewhere where somebody recommended against getting them because they will ambush fish, but I could be wrong.
Clams are filter feeders and bury themselves in the substrate. You're thinking of lobsters. ;)
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