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post #1 of 14 Old 12-18-2008, 09:10 PM Thread Starter
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need compatible "food scraper" cleaning fish in oscar tank

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My 150+ gallon tank is filled with 2x tiger oscars, 6x silver dollars. I just bought them at the pet store and they're less than 3-4" each.

I am looking to add some type of cleaning fish that eats up all the wastes/leftover food that the other fishes leave out and settle onto the gravel.

Any recommendations?
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post #2 of 14 Old 12-19-2008, 12:12 AM
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There's no such thing as a "cleaning fish" really. Any fish you add to the tank is going to add to your bioload, not reduce it. Bottom dwelling fish like a pleco will eat foods that land on the aquarium floor, but they won't eat fish poop or rotting food, and produce a lot of waste themselves. In order to clean this stuff up, you really just need to do gravel vacs on a regular basis.

However, if you're looking for a bottom dweller that will work with the fish you've got, you want something large enough not to get eaten and tough enough to defend itself in need be. I would suggest a larger pleco like a sailfin, a larger species of synodontis catfish, or a school of larger loaches like Botia modesta.

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There's no such thing as a "cleaning fish" really. Any fish you add to the tank is going to add to your bioload, not reduce it. Bottom dwelling fish like a pleco will eat foods that land on the aquarium floor, but they won't eat fish poop or rotting food, and produce a lot of waste themselves. In order to clean this stuff up, you really just need to do gravel vacs on a regular basis.

However, if you're looking for a bottom dweller that will work with the fish you've got, you want something large enough not to get eaten and tough enough to defend itself in need be. I would suggest a larger pleco like a sailfin, a larger species of synodontis catfish, or a school of larger loaches like Botia modesta.
Thanks for your input! I went to petsmart and purchased 2x pictus catfishes. They're great!
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post #4 of 14 Old 12-19-2008, 11:18 PM
I was thinking you would like pictus', but i think an albino channel cat is tougher and they eat round the clock whereas the pictus caves it for most of the day.
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I was thinking you would like pictus', but i think an albino channel cat is tougher and they eat round the clock whereas the pictus caves it for most of the day.
Ah, that would have been awesome too. I loved how active the pictus catfishes were once I released them. Now they're sleeping!
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post #6 of 14 Old 12-20-2008, 07:53 PM Thread Starter
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They didn't do such a good job of eating the bits of food that sink to the bottom. Boo.
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post #7 of 14 Old 12-20-2008, 09:46 PM
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gravel vac-ing w/ water changes and avoiding over feeding is what is going to prevent this
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post #8 of 14 Old 12-21-2008, 09:02 AM
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I am a complete newb, so I wouldn't know if this is true but I was told at the pet shop for a fish called "upside-down" :D It is supposed to eat from the gravel in the tank
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post #9 of 14 Old 12-21-2008, 03:40 PM
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I am a complete newb, so I wouldn't know if this is true but I was told at the pet shop for a fish called "upside-down" :D It is supposed to eat from the gravel in the tank
There is such thing as an upside down catfish, but I am not sure if it eats off the gravel.

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post #10 of 14 Old 12-21-2008, 04:49 PM
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Synodontis nigriventris is commonly called the upside down catfish. I know they like to feed off the surface. Not sure if they eat off the gravel though.

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