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Can I get a Borneo sucker?

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Can I get a Borneo sucker?
Old 08-20-2012, 12:59 PM   #1
 
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Can I get a Borneo sucker?

recently i bought a 29 gallon tank. I currently am part way through the cycling process and have 5 guppies in there. (My tank is currently heated to around 72-75 farenheit) I really want to get a few bottom feeders and have had my eye on a Borneo Sucker (hillstream loach) in particular. I think these little guys are adorable and it sounds like they are peaceful too. However, I have heard that they prefer waters with stronger currents.

If I bought a small powerhead would that be enough to keep him happy?
would he harm my guppies?
and would my guppies be okay with the current?
If I shouldn't get a Borneo Sucker, what are some other breeds of bottom feeders that would co-exsist well with my guppies?
Any help would be much appreciated.
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Old 08-20-2012, 01:56 PM   #2
 
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A powerhead sounds great for him.
He won't hurt the fish. Keep in mind they are vegetarians and will need to eat algae (whether dry discs or fresh).
I have no clue about guppies and current.
Keep in mind that with these fish you can't have many tropical fish, due to temperature differences. Fish such as white cloud minnows would work however.
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Old 08-20-2012, 02:00 PM   #3
 
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thanks. I really want one just to add a little variety to my fish tank (i plan on just having guppies besides these guys). from what i hear they have great personalities and i hope they can keep my tank clean. i just don't want them to be miserable in my tank
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Old 08-20-2012, 02:02 PM   #4
 
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Just pay attention to temperatures for any fish you are interested in. Like I said, they may limit you a lot in choices, especially with the current they need. They are gorgeous and peaceful and don't cause troubles other than that.
They are somewhat territorial, you could probably fit 2-3 in your tank.
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Old 08-20-2012, 02:06 PM   #5
 
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Welcome to the forum! It's great that you are interested in these fascinating little fish. The hillstream loaches (Balitoridae) are amazing fish. I've got my eyes on a few of them, too. However, I don't think it will be a good fit in your tank. The fancy guppies with their long fins will not appreciate the fast current that the hillstream loach needs.

A simple powerhead will not be enough flow for the loaches. I've read about this fiver manifold that you can construct to similate the fast-flowing streams these fish originate from. A River Runs Through It - Loaches Online The only catch is you need at least a 3-foot tank, and any fish that are in there needs to be able to take the current.

A better substrate fish for your tank would be corydoras. The bronze cory (click on the shaded name to read more about them) would be a good fit, and you can have more than a few in your tank. Some of the other corydora species can handle the harder water that guppies need. A bristlenose pleco (click the shaded name) would be another good fit; they look like the hillstream loach but don't have the same high-current requirements.

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Old 08-20-2012, 02:14 PM   #6
 
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you know I had taken a look at these little guys as well. my only problems is aquiring them. I don't believe any of the local Petco's or Petsmarts stock them and there is only one other small pet store with a smaller selection then Petco or Petsmart. do you know of any place I can order them from without spending a boat load of money?
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Old 08-20-2012, 02:23 PM   #7
 
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Really? I've seen bristlenose at my local Petsmart. You could try looking online at Aquabid or liveaquaria.com. You could also try the classified section here. Bristlenose pleco commonly breed in the home aquarium and people are always looking for new homes for the babies.
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Old 08-20-2012, 02:53 PM   #8
 
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Okay thanks. I guess i could always look again at Petco or Petsmart (or both if i have to). there very well might have been some there. previously i only had a 2.5 gallon tank and my brother has a 10-20 gallon so we tend to stay away from sections that don't fit in either. i think I will check the classifieds though seeing as I don't need to get any new fish quite yet.
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Old 08-20-2012, 04:34 PM   #9
 
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do you happen to know if i could keep two in my 29 gallon? or would they fight with each other?
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Old 08-20-2012, 07:16 PM   #10
 
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You could do 2 or 3 (if you get two females and a male) in your 29 gallon.
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