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urmothaspizza 12-30-2009 06:26 AM

Bottom feeder 10 gallon
Hello, I've recently set up a 10 gallon tank with a paradise fish in it. I was thinking it would be a good idea to add a bottom feeder to the tank. Any suggestions? :shock:

rrcoolj 12-30-2009 09:00 AM

a small group of corydora catfish?

LisaC144 12-30-2009 09:48 AM

Most people would suggest cories. They are very popular on this forum and once acclimated, are hardy fish and a pleasure to watch in small groups.

Angel079 12-30-2009 11:39 AM

Please no Cory in a 10g!!! Cory's are to be kept in groups of at LEAST 8 - Apart from that they grow to be (pending exact species) anywhere from 3-6", so 8x6" Cory in a 10g them guys couldn't move in there and that is a less then desirable habitat!!! So def no tank smaller then 20g I'd strongly suggest.

How about Shrimp, they are very cute to watch ad will clean the ground off just about anything that falls down there? Here's pictures of my lil 10g shrimp farm for ideas for ya

rrcoolj 12-30-2009 11:57 AM

groups of 8? I always kept corys in groups of 4 but im not expert on them. They are really cool fish the way they scury along the bottom looking for food. Thier so animted rarely staying still for long. I know not all species of cory grow 3-6"? I've never seen a cory over 3 and rarely. There are alot of species out there. I know Corydoras hastatus don't grow more than 1.5in and might work. I don't want to contradict Angel079 too much because im not an expert on corys.

Fishin Pole 12-30-2009 12:32 PM

I agree with can keep them in smaller numbers than 8, but i would think 5 should be the minimum..........I'm at a loss to think of any species of cory that would get any bigger than 4 stated, i think most would max out at around 3 inches

playeryhm 12-30-2009 12:51 PM

i have a Chinese algea eater in mine he gets big i might put him in my 36 O.o but they are good, they never die! im serious ive had mine for likt 3-4 years :-)

urmothaspizza 12-30-2009 06:33 PM

I had a friend recommend chinese algae eaters...are they a species that need to be in a group? or are they ok by themselves?

Teammuir1 12-30-2009 06:42 PM

Easy... Guys.....
I think alot has to do with OPINION....
I have seen people keep only 2 of them
in a 30 gallon tank.. and those guys prosper and hang
out just like my four in my 75 gallon.

Algae eaters.. China versions... Albino or Golden both very
hardy fish... I have 2 in a 120 gallon
and only 1 in a 75gallon as well as 1 in a 55gallon

I must say I have learned myself by another person on this
forum about how fish that like to school together do not
really act there behavior unless there are 3 or more.

thas just my 2 cents.....


urmothaspizza 12-31-2009 01:21 AM

That seems to make sense. So I guess my last question is: would they be able to thrive in a ten gallon--or is that too small for their species?

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