Claire Corlett

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How to Pick Bottom Eating Fish | Aquarium Care

How to Pick Bottom Eating Fish | Aquarium Care

You do need bottom-eating fish for your aquarium. The fish that are
associated with eating on the bottom are typically catfish. A lot of the
catfish get very large, so keep that in mind when you’re buying bottom-
eating fish. Ask your sales rep at the fish store, “How
big do these fish get?” A lot of the Corydoras Catfish are preferable
because they stay small, they’re very peaceful, they have very
small mouths so they’ll just spend all day long trying to find food in
the gravel. Remember, the food is only good for maybe
an hour or so after you feed it, otherwise, it just turns to mush. The detritus, the fish feces, all that
stuff is going to settle on the bottom. Having these catfish constantly
probe the bottom will keep the bottom looking clean and keep a lot of that
waste in suspension where the filtration can get to it. When picking bottom
fish, you want to use the same guidelines that you would when picking mid-
water fish: Fish that don’t get too large, fish with small mouths so they
don’t eat your fish. You should mix up the variety, too. Maybe some algae eating fish, like
plecos, or algae eaters. Remember the plecostomus, or plecos, get really
big, so keep that in mind if you have a very small aquarium. Again,
Corydoras Catfish is what I would prefer. Just a small school and they look
really cute.

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