04-19-2012, 07:24 PM
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Originally Posted by Big Fate
I don't particularly care for sucker fish due to the high polluters they are.. But I think i'm ready to give it another shot. Its for my small 10 gal which I'm kinda already at my peak of stocking.. Which do you recommend, the Farlowella or Bristlenose?
Also since we are on the subject, which kind of sucker fish could I use for my Cold water Goldfish tank? I get them bad in there too, but i've heard these guys will harrass goldfish and try to suck on them. Is this true?
Re the goldfish, I would not recommend adding "troicals" for several reasons. And what you mention is a possibility.
In a 10g, I would not have a Bristlenose, at 4 inches that is trouble. Farlowella vitatta might be OK, not something I myself would do, but if you have soft acidic water this might work. With lots of plants and some wood to keep it busy. A trio of otos would also likely manage, but I don't know the fish load specifics so this is up to you.
Just thought of another possible, a Whiptail like Rineloricaria parva or the Red Lizard Whiptail.
Otos and Farlowella have minimal impact as far as waste and bioload. BN is a bit different.