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I'm torn between the pictus and the clown loach as my bottem feeders. I like corys, but I have a feeling that were I to go with the pictus, they wouldn't make it.
How well would a pictus and a pair of clown loaches fair? It's a 58 with larger-bodied tetras, gouramis, and eventually angels. 36 (long) x 21 (high) x 18(wide).
It does have a rather large assortment of fake plants, potentially an amazon sword.
honestly i've kept pictus with almost anything...including a clown loach and cories. As the pictus nears adult size though there is a potential threat to the cories but I hardly consider the pictus an aggressive fish. They do have very sharb fins on the side than can potentially damage a fish. In that size of a tank though I don't see any reason why you wouldnt be able to do any combination of the fish you want. Pictus will not strictly be a botton feeder though, they are very active fish that run all over the tank. If you want strictly a bottom feeder that will keep the gravel clean of uneaten foods, a small group of cories is ideal.
I know my pictus cats feed at the surface and use their whiskers to skim the surface and funnel food into their mouths. They are a very active fish, but mostly at duck and night.
yup, mine used to do that too. They'd swim upside down and skim the surface for flakes. My pleco does that too even...so weird, lol.
I've spent time watching them =) I wanted all three, simply because corys are such fantastic little guys, the clown loach has amazing color, and the pictus, such movement!
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