Originally Posted by Wade91789
I'm setting up a 10g to move my fry to to get them out of the breeder box.. Would it be a good idea to put a pleco or something that won't eat them in the tank so that there is some kind of bio load for the BB so it doesn't all die? I wouldn't think the fry would make enough for anything
You could add a pleco, just make sure it's a bristlenose or similar. The common pleco would not be suited for that size tank, it gets way too big. What about adding some Red Cherry Shrimp and/or some Nerite snails. Both of those would supply enough bb. They also have the benefit of keeping the tank spotless..
You only need enough bb to maintain what is in the tank. If there is no 'food'(bio-load) for them they will die off. For example once fully cycled, if you had 5 guppies, there would be enough bb to cover the bio-load for the 5 guppies. If you removed 3 guppies then the bb would die off and only enough would survive to cover the 2 guppies left....
Also as your fry grow, the bb grows as well because there's more bio-load...
PS..The Red Cherries would be fine as long as your fry don't get much bigger than a guppy before you trade them...Snails, no problem.