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Old 01-12-2014, 11:15 AM   #11
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What if I get rid of the jewel, the convicts, the green terror and the pleco?

If those go you'll clear up a fair amount of space in the tank and in your stock.
You could probably do one of the bigger synodontis or a striped raphael cat. Just if you do do that make sure there's tons of caves, driftwood and plenty of other cover especially since you've got the Senegal in there. Senegals are, however, one of the most peaceful bichirs out there and are generally very tolerant of other bottom dwellers as long as they both have plenty of territories!
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Old 01-12-2014, 12:35 PM   #12
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I have 2 clown loachs and a couple of eclipse catfish in a SA tank. The are very active and are doing great, much more personality than a pleco.
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Do they clean up the excess food pretty well?
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Old 01-12-2014, 04:03 PM   #14
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Do they clean up the excess food pretty well?
Yes, always looking for food. The eclipse's are always squeezing into the smallest cracks between rocks. The loachs are all over my driftwood besides cruising the bottom.
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Clown loaches are schooling fish, really bad idea to keep 2. A tiger loach would be fine by itself, or a single Asian upside down catfish (look like Syno's, but they're all black with a few gold or silver flecks on the sides.) They're generally as nasty as most larger cichlids, and hold their own better than Syno's in general.
On the bicher note, I had a fair-size ornate some years ago. Picked up several baby Syno eupterus, thought the spines would keep them safe from being eaten. I actually saw the last one going down the bicher tail-first, spines and all, squeaking like it was calling for help.
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