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Livebearer Tank needs small algae cleaners, what kind?
I have a 90 Gal tank with about 30 guppies, platties, swords and Mollies total. I have a cory Cat and an upsidedown cat but I want something like 1 or 2 plecos but smaller? I don't want anything that will eat fry or get bigger than say a molly. I want something that will eat algae. Any help is appreciated.
A group of otocinclus would be perfect. Also you should really have a shoal of at least 3 cory catfish they like to be in groups.
I forgot to mention that I do keep a little salt in my tank. Just one tablespoon per 10 gallons, since I have other fish than mollies in there. The molles seem very happy and healthy with that but will the fish you suggest be ok with the salt. My cory cat is ok, and yes I can add 2 more. Do they have to be they same type of corys?
It is best if they're the ame typ, ideally you would have at least 6 of the same species but cories aren't generally a ish that cope well with salt long term. Neither, I don't believe, are otos.
Humm I don't know of any type of catfish or bottom dweller that can handle brackish water. From what I've read cories don't do well in it..
For a 90g, look into the Ancistrus, Panaque maccus, Sturisoma or the small species of Hypancistrus. Ancistrus are excellent at consuming algae as well as the otos but do not rely too heavily on fish to clean the algae for you. You need to scrape them without relying on the fish if algae becomes unsightly. Like all other fish, otos and plecos need to be supplemented with veggies in their diet depending on the species you have.
A unique catfish, hara hara can also be added in your tank. Vary the food diet as much as you can. Fish receive various vitamins making them healthier and less prone to diseases.
There's lots of cool freshwater shrimp too! It's fun to see them in there, since they're so different from fish, and lots of breeds are great cleaners.
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