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Old 12-13-2014, 09:40 PM   #1
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Bottom feeder

Do you need a bottom feeder or algae eater in a 125g Sa/ca tank?


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Nope don't need only if you want.
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It's not required, though I find that having cleanup fish, such as corys, keeps the bottom of the tank clean and helps keep the nitrates in check.
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It's not required, though I find that having cleanup fish, such as corys, keeps the bottom of the tank clean and helps keep the nitrates in check.

It's doesn't keep the nitrates down, you're literally upping the bio load by adding catfish. It's not like they eat poop or magically absorb nitrates.

Also OP we need to know your Cichlid stock before recommending any tank mates.




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Yup - food consumed by bottom feeders becomes nitrates just as uneaten food ultimately does. Perhaps the consumption reduces the amount of nitrates some...

Agreed, without knowing which cichlids you have, it's impossible to make any recommendations.
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I no longer keep bottom feeders due to the EXTRA poop especially plecos poop like crazy and drive me crazy.

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I have a gt, a severum, 2 fire mouths, and a black convict. I tried Cories with my fire mouths and black convict (before adding the gt and severum) but all my Cories magically lost their eyes.


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Corys are not well suited to such fish. IME loaches are the way to go.
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Someone at a different forum suggested that they would work.

I wanted to stick with something under 9", if possible.


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Loaches? There are a ton that stay less than 9 inches. Yoyo loaches would be a good choice, or Angelicus loaches if money is burning a hole in your pocket. Or you can take it to the next level and get some skunk loaches. Not all that big, but aggressive. And if you want something along those lines but bigger, there's the skunks cousin the blue Botia.
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