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miagrrl 06-12-2007 09:14 PM

need help choosing a scavenger
my larger thank is well established now and I need help choosing some sort of scavenger to keep my tank clean.
its a 30 gallon long, freshwater- currently has 7 tiger barbs and three zebra danios. So I need someone who doesn't grow to be too big, and will stay on the bottom area (my tiger barbs tightly school / patrol the middle-top portions of the tank). is there any kind of pleco that doesn't get large? sharks or cory cats?? i really have no idea.

Lupin 06-12-2007 09:18 PM

None of the bottom dwellers should be considered scavengers. They needed dietary supplements as much as other fish do. Ancistrus plecs, cories and kuhli loaches are a few that can forage the bottom for food. Siphon the leftovers as much as possible.

I will not advise for sharks. They do not make good community fish at all.

miagrrl 06-12-2007 09:32 PM

no no, you got it all wrong...i wasn't going to rely on "scraps"- i was planning on feeding them and caring for them just them same as my other fishies...perhaps scavenger wasn't the best word? i want someone who will be happy on the bottom, for asthetic purposes and someone who might do a little light snacking on the occasional crumb might be an advantage? I am by no means using a fish as a substitute for regular maintenance!

miagrrl 06-12-2007 09:33 PM

i was thinking about getting two cory cats, but i have gravel substrate- i thought i read someone that they need sand? is this true?

leifthebunny 06-12-2007 09:43 PM

I'd say an RTS. They get to 5", and are capable of hanging in htere with the barbs. Plus, they will also help with the algae. I've got RTS & rainbow in my tank and no algae problems. They keep on the plants and such as well as digging around in the gravel.

leifthebunny 06-12-2007 09:44 PM


Originally Posted by miagrrl
i was thinking about getting two cory cats, but i have gravel substrate- i thought i read someone that they need sand? is this true?

oops, missed this. I've got flourite in my tank with cory cats and they are just fine. The only fish I know needs sand are stingrays because they bury themselves.

nvmyluv420 06-12-2007 10:55 PM

chinese algea eaters grow up to 8 inches and they are very hardy fish, they do an awesome job cleaning my tank. also crabs, theese guys are fun to watch and you really dont have to buy food for them. if u have live plants theyll feed off them but wont ruin them. i love my crabs and they are always eating. there are lots of "scavangers" for you to buy who stay small and are non aggressive. there a lot of them that you can get that you dont have to feed, treat, ect. algea eaters and fish of that nature live naturally in swamps and really gross marshy places were there is nobody to check the params of there water. dont let the people on this web site drive you crazy, they just want you to spend more money.

Lupin 06-12-2007 11:03 PM

You have to be careful with CAEs on the side note. While juveniles do eat algae growing on the glass, at 8-10 inches, their taste for algae fades and will eventually develop into a taste for slime coat which proves annoying to larger fish. CAEs can also bully their smaller tankmates . Generally, they do not make a good community fish at all.

SAEs and otos make better choices along with cories and kuhli loaches.

leifthebunny 06-12-2007 11:10 PM

Though I would agree with the CAEs, I think they would be ok with the tiger barbs. I wouldn't recommend Otos though as they tend to not scavenge as much, are more community oriented, and don't get very large.

Also, crabs can be a bit of escape artists, so if there's not adequate cover to keep them in, it's likely to find them on the carpet wandering around.

lioness501 06-13-2007 04:23 AM

id go with cories or kuhlis too. i have both and they are entertaining. how about shrimp? there are plecos that stay small like the bulldog or clown. they r pretty cheap too, or ancistrus. otos arent a good idea, i had 3 of those and now only have 1! they will only eat algae, nothin else. good luck!

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