Go Back   Aquarium Advice - Aquarium Forum Community > Freshwater > Freshwater & Brackish - General Discussion
Click Here to Login

Join Aquarium Advice Today
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com
 
Old 04-01-2011, 12:22 PM   #21
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
severum mama's Avatar


 
Join Date: Dec 2004
Location: GA
Posts: 10,297
I'd recommend cutting back on feeding rather than adding fish to take care of uneaten food. There shouldn't be uneaten food in the tank. JMO.
__________________

severum mama is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-03-2011, 04:18 PM   #22
Aquarium Advice Activist
 
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: Hawaii
Posts: 131
In a perfect world there might be no uneaten food. Something gets caught in the current and ends up on the bottom. I don't care how hungry the fish are, it's going to happen and the bottom feeders can do there job. As long as they don't venture too close to the convicts nest...lol!
Scott
__________________

__________________
Fresh808 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-03-2011, 05:12 PM   #23
Aquarium Advice FINatic
 
Shadowraven's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: Englewood, OH
Posts: 606
MTS are very good at what they do, but snails of any kind should at least do the job in the oscar tank. But, since you can't find any snails, you might try some of the larger catfish that are available.

You might also consider crayfish for the job, if available. They are very good scavengers. I don't suggest keeping crayfish in a tank with smaller fish, but they may be OK with the oscar. Crayfish can be very feisty!

For any other tank I would suggest Bronze Corys. They are plentiful and inexpensive. They are also very fun to watch. You might also try out freshwater shrimp. They are also very good scavengers. Ghost shrimp or the Red Cherry Shrimp are good choices. You can check out this site for more information on them.
__________________
Cats: Small quadrupedal mammals that share our passion for fishkeeping, although for somewhat less then altruistic reasons.
-Mike
Shadowraven is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-03-2011, 05:30 PM   #24
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
Join Date: Feb 2011
Posts: 3,677
i agree with shadowraven about crays,but make sure you have plenty of caves for when it moults
__________________
alLexX is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-04-2011, 07:24 AM   #25
Aquarium Advice Activist
 
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: Hawaii
Posts: 131
Crayfish/shrimp?

Would it be alright to add crayfish with Convicts and Emerald Green Cory's? These fish all seem top sleep on the bottom when the crayfish are out looking for food. There are plenty of hiding places for the crayfish and or shrimp... Please let me know!
__________________
Fresh808 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-04-2011, 04:12 PM   #26
Aquarium Advice FINatic
 
Shadowraven's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: Englewood, OH
Posts: 606
I wouldn't add crayfish to a tank of smaller fish if I were you. Crayfish will eat anything they can catch and that includes fish. Larger convicts might be OK, but I would avoid any smaller ones. Convicts can be feisty themselves as they swim by, but if the crayfish gets the drop on them as they swim by, it can hurt them. Those pincers are strong.

Crayfish ARE scavengers, you'd be hard pressed to find a better one. They will quickly devour anything they find laying on the bottom of the tank, including any dead fish. But please keep in mind that they are also opportunists. They will eat whatever they can catch. They won't chase anything down, but they will grab whatever gets within reach... very quickly.

They may do OK for awhile in a tank with smaller fish, but sooner or later they will probably end up eating one. They won't attack larger fish, but any smaller ones are fair game.

Shrimp are a better choice for a tank of smaller fish, and they are pretty good scavengers as well. But the shrimp themselves can be in danger from any larger or more aggressive fish. They are a natural food for many of them.
__________________
Cats: Small quadrupedal mammals that share our passion for fishkeeping, although for somewhat less then altruistic reasons.
-Mike
Shadowraven is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-04-2011, 04:48 PM   #27
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
Join Date: Feb 2011
Posts: 3,677
my crayfish has been in my 20 since january and i havent lost a fish since.and my fish arent that smart,she could of killed them pretty easy if she wanted.it mostly depends on there personality,shes bigger than any of my fish.
__________________
alLexX is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-04-2011, 05:32 PM   #28
Aquarium Advice FINatic
 
Shadowraven's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: Englewood, OH
Posts: 606
Quote:
Originally Posted by alLexX View Post
my crayfish has been in my 20 since january and i havent lost a fish since.and my fish arent that smart,she could of killed them pretty easy if she wanted.it mostly depends on there personality,shes bigger than any of my fish.
I never stated that they always would. There can always be mitigating circumstances in each case. Maybe your crayfish is well-fed and has not seen the need for some fresh catch. Maybe it is something else.

What I am saying is that when you put crayfish into a tank with fish that are small enough to be considered a meal it's not at all unusual for a cray to make one of them.

Just because it hasn't happened to you yet doesn't mean it never will. It may never happen to you, but you're still taking a chance. I have known several instances where crayfish have enjoyed a nice meal of sushi.
__________________
Cats: Small quadrupedal mammals that share our passion for fishkeeping, although for somewhat less then altruistic reasons.
-Mike
Shadowraven is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-04-2011, 05:35 PM   #29
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
Join Date: Feb 2011
Posts: 3,677
yeah,i know that.i just wanted to make sure people knew that not all crays will kill there fishys
__________________
alLexX is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-06-2011, 10:17 PM   #30
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
severum mama's Avatar


 
Join Date: Dec 2004
Location: GA
Posts: 10,297
It is a myth that every tank needs bottom feeders. Regular gravel vacs and cutting back on feeding will be sufficient to take care of waste in the gravel.

Quote:
Originally Posted by alLexX View Post
yeah,i know that.i just wanted to make sure people knew that not all crays will kill there fishys
All larger crays will, eventually, if given the opportunity. That is their nature; they are opportunists. A couple of months with a cray in a tank with fish does not equal long-term success, nor does it equal the exception to the rule.
__________________

severum mama is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
bottom, bottom feeder, feeder, food, sand, waste

Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
food for for middle/bottom feeder fish? agrainger Freshwater & Brackish - General Discussion 3 01-26-2011 08:32 PM
Bottom Feeders for FW Sand Tank? GTAce Freshwater & Brackish - General Discussion 7 05-25-2009 02:47 AM
Deciding on which bottom feeder fish food to use zach_fresh Freshwater & Brackish - General Discussion 3 09-16-2005 12:59 AM
Sand bottom before liner? jamal-188 Freshwater & Brackish - Coldwater, Native Fish & Ponds 11 06-02-2004 10:00 PM







» Photo Contest Winners








Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 11:15 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2018, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.