05-16-2010, 07:50 AM
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Originally Posted by aunt kymmie
Dust sucking surface fish? I'm not familiar...can you decribe what it looks like and maybe we can id it?
Originally Posted by redchigh
I meant to bring that up too, lol.
Maybe he means some type of filter-feeder? But then again they don't suck.
If I had to wake a WILD guess, do you mean an otto? a cory?
a pic would indeed help.
The fish I was talking about is suckermouth catfish. Sorry for not being clear enough.
Originally Posted by Angel079
What ever fish you're ref to there as "cleaning" fish so to say - Its a common 'mistake' for newcomers to be talked into needing them by the stores. There's absolutely no NEED to have them in any set up. These fish just add to your bioload for no good reason, so unless you really LOVE pleco and alike there's no reason why you should buy any at all; in a well set up tank with live plants just have XYZ group of fish YOU love and that's it. And on a side note these "algae eaters" don't even eat all kinds of algaes only a very few types so that's pointless too (and again in a proper set up with good maintenance you will have no algae issues.
My local shop didn't ask me to buy it, however, I thought it would be better to have suckermouth catfish in a tank so that it will look nice and clean. Fortunately, I haven't bought that algae eaters and I don't think I'm going to get one since it doesn't eat all types of algaes. Thank you!
When you said good maintenance, how do you consider a well maintained tank? Regular water changes? I did have regular water once a week in the past, but I had a massive algae issues which I couldn't figure out where the problem lies.
I don't have plants yet for my tank, but I'm planning to have one later on. That should be fine right?