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Old 03-30-2011, 08:48 AM   #1
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Bottom feeder to help keep sand free of wasted food. Sand bottom.

Does anyone have any idea before I go consult the local LFS peeps for advice what would be a good bottom feeder that would eat most of the wasted food that ends up on the sandy bottom. Small catfish, or??? I need them for my 75 & my 30.
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Old 03-30-2011, 09:09 AM   #2
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I use cory catfish, red tailed sharks and mystery snails as my clean up crew but there's lots of different fish you can use as bottom feeders depending on the fish you have you could even use ghost shrimp
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Old 03-30-2011, 10:14 AM   #3
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Cories love sand. MTS are great for sand tanks. They stir the sand to keep it from going anaerobic and they eat any extra food.
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What's a Mts?
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MTS = Malaysian Trumpet Snail
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IMO 5+ kuhli loaches would be a great addition. They really enjoy a sand substrate which allows them to burrow, and they should eat any leftover food. Personally, I find them fun to watch.
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+1 Corydoras
Just make sure you get a school of at least 4+ in each tank. They're super entertaining too!
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MTS are the best at getting deep into the sand bed and releasing anaerobic gas pockets which can be fatal to fish from what I've read, as I'm preping to switch over to PFS. A gravel vac during PWC will take care of surface detritis.

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Will the kuhil loaches or corydoras be alright in my convict cichlid tank with one med Oscar and two ret tailed sharks?
Leaning towards the corydoras since my wife isn't a fan of anything eel like.
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Just from glancing at a compatibility chart, they might work, but you would have to keep an eye out for any problems.
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