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Freddy 06-07-2011 05:13 PM

Raphael Catfish
 
I'm considering getting a striped Raphael catfish. Do these eat algae? I've made sure all the other things (suitable tankmates, water conditions, etc.) are ok for my tank, but my main thing is, I need some algae eaters. I don't want a pleco because as juveniles, they can't clean much of the tank, and as adults, they're huge, so you can't keep enough of them as juveniles (or even half-grown) to clean the tank.
I understand the tank will never be fully self sustaining, but some help with the algae (like on leaves and rocks) is something I really need.

Will raphael catfish do the job?


Also, if I get enough ghost shrimp, will they clean the tank (some)?

1077 06-07-2011 10:56 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Freddy (Post 694973)
I'm considering getting a striped Raphael catfish. Do these eat algae? I've made sure all the other things (suitable tankmates, water conditions, etc.) are ok for my tank, but my main thing is, I need some algae eaters. I don't want a pleco because as juveniles, they can't clean much of the tank, and as adults, they're huge, so you can't keep enough of them as juveniles (or even half-grown) to clean the tank.
I understand the tank will never be fully self sustaining, but some help with the algae (like on leaves and rocks) is something I really need.

Will raphael catfish do the job?


Also, if I get enough ghost shrimp, will they clean the tank (some)?

No,Raphael catfish will not clean algae. It will however happily eat shrimp and or fishes smaller than it.
Raphael can grow to around six inches and are largely carnivores.


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