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Old 01-29-2015, 09:55 AM   #1
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Small Hardy Bottom Feeders for 15g?

This is a while off as I am learning from previous mistakes and adding fish slowly.

Curious about a small hardy bottom feeder - would prefer to stay away from shrimp as cannot seal the tank completely so I understand they could exit.

Have heard good things about cories but not sure I could add the required 5 or 6 to my tank without being overstocked.

Any thoughts? I am still going to clean gravel, etc. but would like to add a bottom feeder or two if poss.
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Old 01-29-2015, 10:05 AM   #2
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I have Cory cats in my 10g and they are great!


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Old 01-29-2015, 10:06 AM   #3
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I have 4 and they are just fine
So I'm sure you would be good adding 5 as they don't take up much room


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A 15 is a small tank, what else is in there? Can't tell whether you'd be overstocked w/out more info. Hara species catfish are very small, and not social like Cory cats.
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Chinese Algae Eater? Or maybe its Siamese? Idk but its small and it cleans.
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Chinese Algae Eater? Or maybe its Siamese? Idk but its small and it cleans.

Both of those fish grow pretty large and need significantly larger tanks.
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Both of those fish grow pretty large and need significantly larger tanks.
You are right, sorry, they need at least 30g.
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Dwarf Corydoras.
C habrosus are my favorite. Less common in stores but awesome fish.
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I have mine in a 10g

You need to make sure your substrate isn't sharp. So smooth rounded gravel or sand are both okay. Live plants are appreciated.

Of the common Coreys, panda Coreys are a little smaller and may be an option as long as you don't keep your tank too warm.

Don't buy catfish as a cleanup crew. Buy catfish because you like them. Your tank will stay clean by regular water changes and vacuuming if needed. Bottom feeders need to be fed as well.


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Otocinclus are a nice bottom feeder
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Otocinclus are a nice bottom feeder
Not really, I'd suggest the dwarf corys or even panda corys. Sae get pretty big, cae are nightmares all together.

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Otocinclus are a nice bottom feeder

I love Otos as well, I just don't think of them as a bottom feeder. Mine will eat food on the bottom, but at first all they wanted was soft green algae and biofilm. Later they'd eat flakes and Shrimp pellets as well as algae wafers and Repashy. Mine clean all the plant leaves and wood as well.


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I rarely ever see my otos on the bottom.

I have a combination of habrosus and pygmaeus in my 16g, great little fish!
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