Claire Corlett

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Top 5 Bottom Dweller Freshwater Fish

Top 5 Bottom Dweller Freshwater Fish

– Hey everyone, Cory from aquarium coop. Today we’re talking about
my top five bottom dwellers. So, they’re gonna eat off the bottom. A lot of people want
cleaner fish, this is, this list is for you. So at number five, I’ve got Geophagus. What does that mean? That means sand sifter or earth eater. That’s what these guys are right here. They basically go down and they grab mouthfuls of sand or gravel when they get big enough. They sift through it
and spit them back out. Kind of like you’ve seen goldfish do. The come in some different varieties which is super nice, they get kinda large, six to 10 inches depending on species. That’s why they’re number five. If they were smaller, I
could recommend them more. Some of them could be more aggressive, some are also super peaceful like these guys are
the middle of the road, where as like a Jurupari
which we have down over here, which we have very few
left ’cause we sell ’em. Let’s see, where’d we go,
we got one right down here you can see him doing his action right? You see him sifting the
sand through his gills? That’s what they do, they
do that all day long, looking for food. And they’re going to keep that
substrate turned over for you and if you have a few earth
eaters in your aquarium, you won’t have to gravel-vac anymore because they’ll do it for you. Now, that being said, they can
dig up plants a little bit. Unless you put big rocks around it so they can’t dig into it. But they’re going to that all day long and be little worker bees for you. So that’s my number five pick. My number four pick is a specific fish, not a family of fish. We’re going to slide way down
here, let me find where it is. Right here, okay. It is a dwarf petricola catfish also known as Synodontis Lucipinnis. That’s what these little
guys are right here. They only get about three inches. They kinda swim like sharks. They’re just super cool. Of course they’re hiding
out ’cause they’re catfish, and they’re nocturnal but
they’re great little cleaners. They eat of the bottom,
they’ll swim kinda mid water and up, when they’re smaller. And they just look super cool because people when they buy them, they’re like, oh man,
that’s a cool lookin’ fish, I like keeping that. They do best in little groups
of like, three or more. The only downfall to them is
they’re about $18 a piece. They’re not cheap but they
do stay relatively small, that’s kinda nice. So yeah, let’s move
into group number three. This is another family of fish and we’re gonna go way down here to start out with my favorites of them. They get the largest of course. But that would be these guys. Clown Loaches. Loaches are my number three. I love them ’cause in a big group, when you do keep them in a
big group, of 10 or more, they’re super duper active. Now these ones, they get huge. They get like, 12, 14 inches or so but they will eat of the bottom. They’re good at cleaning. You can see the substrate
in here if you look at it. See how there’s all these little
pits and everything around? That’s ’cause they’re
constantly going through it looking for food, so
they’re doing their job. But up here, we’ve got
other types of loaches, like the Kuhli loach. They also do that. They stay much smaller. They get to about three
and a half inches or so. Not that big around. They do really well in planted tanks and in general, they’re nocturnal. Most bottom dwellers are going to be. But they just kinda hang
out and do their thing. Now let’s take a look at little more just so you get a sample size here. So here we’ve got dwarf chain loaches. This is my favorite loach for planted tanks ’cause they
will kinda go up mid water. You can get a school of ’em. The downfall is they’re
about 12 bucks a piece, but boy are they personable and active. They also take care of any snail problem if you don’t like snails which, I, myself, if you watch my other videos
you know I love snails. But, and lets say that
wasn’t your variety, like oh, I don’t like that one that much. Okay fine. Let’s look at some zebra loaches. I like these too. They only get about four inches
or so and they’ve got that wicked cool pattern. Keep them
in a group of three or more and they’ll be happy you see
some hangin out on the sponge and yes, they are plant
safe which is great. So there ya go. Alright, number two. Number two is shrimp and I tell ya why they’re number two and not number one, ’cause they
can’t live with everything. A lot of things will eat shrimp
so that’s kind of a problem but, lets take a look at ’em. In here we’ve got some cherry shrimp. Which just means they’re red ones. If we scroll over here a little bit, we’ve got some orange ones and then if we go to
the last tank over here. A little bit low on shrimp at the moment. We should have some blue ones. And you see some blue ones. They come in a lot of
different colors which is nice and they just comb through everything and they reproduce, they make more. Big fish will eat them though. But they’re one of the greatest bottom dwellers and scavengers. They’ll just keep, you can just
see them everywhere, right? Because they’re smaller,
they can get in the nooks and crannies and really help you out. And here’s a little bonus
one that didn’t make the list ’cause it’s pretty rare and uncommon but, dwarf anchor catfish.
That’s kind of a cool guy, only gets about an inch
and three quarters. There’s another one right there so, kind of an oddball but you ask well, Cory, what is the number one? Well my name is Cory, can we guess? Corydoras, right? So they come in so many different varieties and that’s a good thing. Like in here, we’ve got habrosus
and they’re nice and small. And there’s other dwarf varieties, they come in really
small, but also we’ve got the normal size, like here we
go, we’ve got Salt and Peppers and over here we’ve got albinos which that’s good as well. And if we keep scrolling
down through the store, really you’ll see here we’ve got bronzes, we go a little bit more,
I’m sure we’ll find more. We’ve got the sterbai is one
of my absolute favorites here. We’ve got the orange pectoral
fins and all the spotting. Another real popular one is
going to be the Julii Cory. All that reticulation pattern. Big favorite. Another real popular
one is the panda Cory. These ones don’t get as big. They only get about two inches where a lot of these other ones
will get three inches or so. And with the bronze
getting three and a half. Then you’ve got some rare oddballs like the green laser here. Ya know definitely a
more expensive of a fish and ya know something like
that, that fish right there is 17 bucks whereas these
pandas are only six bucks and the juliis are six bucks as well and they do best in groups
so really six or more. That’s why some of the
dwarf species work out a lot better for some people. Here we’ve got the corydora axelrodi. These are kinda just a nice different one. There’s literally a couple
hundred different corydoras so, they’re an armored catfish so they typically don’t get beat up on by all types of community
fish, they do great. They can live in a little
school, the scavenge around. They clean the bottom
and they’re personable and likable, that’s my
last tip I would give ya. Only buy bottom dwellers you actually want to keep as a fish, don’t
just buy a cleaner fish. That’s like buying a dog
to clean up your floor at your house. It’s like well they’re going
to eat the crumbs off the floor but they have to go to the bathroom. Kinda the same problem, right? So, ya know, make sure
you want it as a pet not just as a cleaner. Hope you enjoyed the list. Check out our other lists. Check out our species profile. Check out what we do every week and we’ll see you in the next one. Thanks for watching.

100 comments on “Top 5 Bottom Dweller Freshwater Fish

  1. Check out my top 5 oddball fish for your aquarium video:

  2. I have 9 kuhli loaches and 9 Java loaches in my community planted tank and they are out visible and active 24 / 7 I haven't notice a single bit of nocturnal traits in my loach school lol

  3. Can you keep Synodontis Lucipinnis with Bett splendens (male) in a 100Liter/ 26Gallon Aquarium? Or in my simelar other tank with 4 Guppys and 9 rummy-nosed tetra?
    I have about 7,6 pH, very hard water and 26°C/78°F
    Medium sized Gravel as ground, lots of plants.
    The Betta currently is alone.

  4. My Common placing and my Pakistani Loches along with my Clown Loches do a fantastic cleaning all of them are now about 8 to 12 yrs old tried shrimps many many times but as he said they get eaten up in my tank.I found that the Loches ate among the best cleaners.

  5. I can not express well because I do not use English well, but if fish live in such a pretty aquarium, they should be happy!

  6. Is there anything that could be in my water that stops beneficial bacteria from growing? I can't seem to get any even adding from bottles, ? What am I doing wrong?

  7. My two tanks each have a bristlenose pleco and they are awesome to watch! Not big either, especially the albino one in the 12 gallon. The 29 gallon one is healthy and getting big bristles!

  8. This was very good. To be honest, I expected much worse, only because I live in NYC and you always expect some inattentive weirdos who make it a chore to have to shop at the fish store, they who hate their job, and they hate being alive, ANYWAY. They sold me neon tetras, and swore that they weren’t aggressive. They turned out to be more aggressive than my Betta! Are neon tetras generally aggressive? I liked what you said about keeping ALL your fish as pets, and not having a “cleaner fish”.

  9. I ordered three dwarf synodontis catfish on eBay for 27 dollars. Well, the guy messaged me and told me that he would send me an extra one. When the package arrived, I had seven. I got seven for 27 dollars.

  10. Bronze Corydoras (Corydoras aeneus) are along with our native Black Bullheads (Ameiurus melas), my favorite fishes from childhood. I love tubby fishes with whiskers, tiny eyes, and babies that look like perfect miniatures of the adults! The Bullheads are too predatory to be safe with most aquarium fishes, particularly as they size up, and unlike most tropical catfishes, are relatively short lived (7- 10 years) for their size. The Corydoras aeneus are "model citizens" (they will generally eat eggs and small yolk sac fry), VERY cute (especially babies and adult females that are viewed from the front), hardy if they have not been stressed in transit or shortly after arrival, potentially very long lived (15-35 years, the longevity records for several C. aeneus are over 40 years!), and quietly attractive with their green iridescence, which has been intensified in some captive bred stocks by selective breeding. There is also an albino variety available (I much prefer the green variety). They will spawn regularly on their own if adequately fed, even in community tanks. On the minus side, they don't 'beg' for food like bullheads or their Hoplosternum and Megalechis cousins do; they simply start rushing up and down the sides of their tank, and frantically grubbing on the bottom for food, when you approach their tank.

    Would add the Dwarf South American Bumblebee Catfish (Microglanis iheringi); a tiny (and tiny eyed) bumblebee colored version of a Channel Catfish that stays under 3 inches, if they weren't so light shy.

    Incidentally, the 'Corydoras julii' in the aquarium trade are actually almost all Corydoras trilineatus. The true C. julii is rare in aquaria, and has a finely spotted rather than a reticulated pattern. Also, the small Corys are Corydoras habrosus (spelled correctly in the captions), not hasbrosus. Be forewarned that present day tank reared stocks of Panda Corys are still relatively heat sensitive.

  11. What bottom dweller (or fish) will be good for a shallow pit/pond of 18inches deep and 48×96 inches size.

    Alao i love those julii and kuhli so confused with which one to go for my tank.

  12. Sadly my oscars eat everything on this list lol I have a 7-8” sucker fish that hides in my coral and he’s the only thing they haven’t obliterated

  13. What are the small fish in with the blue shrimp?
    I am looking for one species that are hardy and will be a good choice for a large school in a 75g tank… maybe 2-3 dozen?
    They will be the only fish (other than a few bottom dwellers) that I put in my tank .
    All suggestions will be helpful….
    Thank you for your help …

  14. Hello. I have a 40 gallon tank with 2 common goldfish and I'm having a problem keeping their waste and some algae under control. Do you have any ideas about what would help me clean up? Thanks!

  15. Are there any sand sifters that can reasonably chill with a betta in a 10 gallon tank? I want to do a fairly heavily planted tank but I'd be kinda nervous to try to vacuum the gravel anywhere near the plants…

  16. Omg, my favorite fish as a kid was an albino Corey cat; I swear I had that fish for like 8 years and nothing I had made it past a year

  17. I have both cory and kuhli in a same tank kuhli is like ferris wheel all the time and cory is like A puppy go around in me tank with the most friendly batta i ever seen

  18. I have 7 emerald green cory's in my 75 gallon . They are doing fantastic other than 2 of them who seem to be getting their fins nipped pretty bad. The one has its entire tail almost gone. Almost positive it can't be fin rot. Any suggestions?

  19. Kuli loaches and shrimp were always my favorite to keep. I also had a blue loach with orange fins. But he got pretty big, and obese, mostly because he kept eating all other fish their food. He also became more and more agressive over time and kept murdering every fish I tried to add. My response to that was putting him in the aquarium with my rainbow crab as his punishment, weirdly enough that fish lived li ger than my 5 year old rainbow crab. So we gave him.away to other people. I also really recommend freshwater pom pom crabs. They are very active and fun to watch, they're also the most peaceful aquarium crab you can keep. You can even keep them.with shrimp. + they eat algea so that's always a +

  20. I was thinking of getting a brisalnose pleco, but very tempted to get a group of panda Cory's now…. they're very cute!!!

  21. Great video thx for sharing. Question, in your expertise, will schooling within a species but mixed varieties (I.e. loaches but clown, kulie, queen, tiger, etc) still occur or would all loaches/catfish need to be same type to school?

  22. I know this is older post but was wondering out of these which would you put in a 75 gal long. I have right now 12 mbuna. I don't want something can get as big a a clown loach.

  23. I never understood Clown loach recommendations where am I gonna put 6-10, 12-inch fish. Who has that space or money lol

  24. I love my Cories and loaches. They're wonderful fish. Just got an Asian stone cat, so I'm loving bottom feeders

  25. I do love the Dwarf Petricola cats! I've got 4 of them in a 55g planted tank, and they are such happy little guys! People like coming over to my house to see them because for some reason these guys don't hide like most of them usually do. They come out where they can be seen 😁

  26. Can you keep cory catfish in a tank with gravel? The gravel i have isn't sharp so im hoping it doesn't hurt them

  27. Hi I enjoyed this video but would like to know what you think best
    Bottom feeder to keep with Malawi cichlids is..

  28. Clown loaches are weak they get white spot easy and then infect other fish .. happened twice there the only ones in my tank that got it there garbage .. the coreydoreys are mad i have them

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