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How to set up a tank for Bumblebee Platies?
Old 09-12-2011, 04:48 PM   #11
 
Would you recommend either a cleaner fish or a snail? As is which is easier to care for?
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Old 09-12-2011, 04:55 PM   #12
 
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I would reccomend a fish that eats algae instead of snails. Snails produce VERY quickly and can be a problem for the tank.
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Old 09-12-2011, 08:37 PM   #13
 
Okay, I was thinking more on the fish side also are they aggressive towards certain fish? I have 2 Platys would they be okay with them?
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Old 09-12-2011, 11:01 PM   #14
 
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One thing to keep in mind is that substrate fish like corys and other different type of catfish if they do eat algae will only eat certain types of algae. They will scavenge some for food on the bottom of the tank, but you can not expect them to live off of that only. Along with that if the food has spoiled they will not eat it. These fish need to be fed their own food. Snails will eat more different types of algae and also will eat things that other fish will not eat. There are some snails that reproduce very slowly in the tank, or even require to have both a male and female to reproduce. Mystery snails are on of these types of snails that need to have both a male and female present to be able to reproduce. If you want to do some type of catfish than I would suggest looking at the fish profiles to see which one may work within your setup. But please keep in mind that there is no miracle fish that is going to clean your tank for you. The profiles can be found at the top of the page second tab from the left.
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Old 09-13-2011, 10:25 AM   #15
 
Okay thank you I was thinking more of getting some plecos.
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Old 09-13-2011, 10:55 AM   #16
 
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Are you still planning on doing a 10 gallon tank, or are you going to do a 20 gallon. I know earlier you mentioned about looking into the larger tank. With a 10 gallon tank you could do a single bristlenose pleco. With a 20 gallon tank you could do a rubber lipped (bulldog) pleco. One of the things to keep in mind is that with plecos they will produce a heavy bioload. Also some will eat certain types of algae when they are younger, but as they get older they will not eat algae as much and you need to make sure to supplement their diet, with algae waffers, fresh veggies and such.
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Old 09-13-2011, 04:31 PM   #17
 
Okay! Thank you for the information this has helped me with the information I needed. I may not get one at all. I am still deciding on a 20 or 10 gallon. I would love a 20 gallon but they are so dang expensive... I have been doing so much research and looking at my local Pet store AKA Petco and found a 14 gallon there but have not purchased it. Would that be enough to have a few Platies and a Bristlenose Pleco? I would be willing to everything I can to feed and care for it properly.
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Old 09-13-2011, 10:40 PM   #18
 
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Last I knew Petco was doing their dollar a gallon sale again. Not sure if they are still doing it or if it is over, might want to check that out. You could get the 20 gallon for $20, and then purchase the hood light, filter and heater seperately. Most of the time the items that you get in a starter kit end up needing to be upgraded anyways. For everything except for the tank itself you could look at the option of purchasing the items online. If this is an option, a good online site that has good prices is Foster and Smiths. You can get your heater filter and light setup for cheaper than at the store. They also offer free shipping on items over $49. I have made several purchases from them and have always had good customer service, and everything is in good condition. Don't know if it will work out for you but is an option worth exploring. Also keep an eye out on craigslist, sometimes you can find excellent deals on there.
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Old 09-14-2011, 07:04 AM   #19
 
Sounds good! I will search that website tonight! :)
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