Best substrate cleaner? Crabs, crayfish, shrimp, etc.
What would be the best to help clean the bottom of my tank? Crabs, crayfish, shrimp, snails, clams, etc? Also, which would be the safest with my fish, and would it be safe to put crabs, shrimp, and crayfish together? I have mollies, platies, 2 plecos, 2 algae eaters, and 2 bamboo shrimp. The 2 bamboo shrimp that I just got about 2 weeks ago have made their home behind the overhanging filter, and never go to the bottom of the tank.
There's no point relying on underwater creatures to do the cleaning. They can pick scraps but they need dietary supplements as much as fish do. Crayfish and crabs should be avoided. Both are carnivorous and will most likely attack all your fish.
I would say for simple asthetics and the total cleaing job they will do shrimp, specifically cherry shrimp, would be the best addition. They breed readily, will eat all the left over food and won't harm anything living in the tank. That and they have colors that will offset the bottom of any tank.
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