Originally Posted by CinBos
I have learned that plecos are more of a waste machine than cleaners. So what are the best inverts and/or fish to have help maintain my aquarium. I understand that I will still have to clean and maintain my tank each week, but what are good suggestion? Combination of inverts and fish? How many? Ect.
I have a 125 gal aquarium if that helps. And I also plan on have a few plants in the tank as well.
Thanks to all advice and direction.
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Much would depend on what fishes are being kept.
In community tank's, corydoras, Amano shrimp,trumpet snails, all do fairly good job of policing the bottom but would not be suited for tanks holding larger fish, that could eat them, or attack them.
There are plecos that stay relatively small ,clown pleco,bristlenose pleco,a few other's, and in large tank's,they would not present too much in the way of waste compared to common pleco in smaller aquariums.
Synodontis, is another species that could work in tank's with larger fishes, and Synodontis Multipunctatus, or Petricola, are but a couple of this species.
Loaches are another option for community tank's, but they sometimes are not very plant friendly with respect to rooted plant's with possible exception of larger echinodorus (sword) plant's, or plant's such as anubia,java fern which grow while attached to wood or rock, and thus no danger of being uprooted on regular basis . Ditto for floating plant's.
Loaches,Plecos,and more than a few species of Catfishes, appreciate moderate current in the aquarium and this may not be welcome to smaller fishes, or large broad fishes such as Angelfish ,Discus,Severums, but so long as movement is not too strong,,and decor offers a break from the movement,, many fishes don't mind moderate to fairly good movement in my expieriences.
Really, you need to spend the time to decide what species of fishes you intend to keep and then tankmates can be chosen that will get along with the others.