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Yunnanilus cruciatus - make a good cleaning crew?
October 12, 2012
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Stefan
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I was wondering if a nice big group of Yunnanilus cruciatus would be able to take care of left-over foods (of course they will be fed otherwise as well!)?

October 12, 2012
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And are they keen on eating eggs from caves?

October 12, 2012
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I'd be reluctant to keep them in a community tank that needs cleaning. My group is kept in a heavily planted tank with d.erythromicron who do not suppress the loaches and in fact bring them out, when kept alone I rarely saw them, now at least they would join danios for feedings (and compete with them for artemia :D ). I don't really clean the tank, snails and plants seem to keep it healthy enough. Danio population keeps on increasing, so the loaches don't eat all the eggs.

Hopefully this is of some help.

October 12, 2012
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Cheers for the information! I didn't mean a community tank, I forgot to mention. A Badis and the loach will be it.

October 12, 2012
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I must also add, which might not make this species a good idea, that there won't be any plants in the tank.

October 12, 2012
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I think they really like plants. Does not mean that you cannot have an area free of plants in front of the tank, but mine will only enter it for feeding.
(Rocks would also work, but I think plants are better).

October 13, 2012
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I don't mean to hijack this topic, but do Y. cruciatus eat snails?  I am considering a species tank for them, and wondered if small snails would be tolerated or eaten.

 

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October 13, 2012
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I see no evidence of this, their tank is full of snails.

October 13, 2012
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Hi Stefan.
This doesn't answer your initial question because I can't say anything about the Yunnanilus but a bit about the Badis. My response was triggered by your statement that there wouldn't be any plants in the tank. I can say for B. badis that they too really do appreciate plants. All of mine (except the dominant male) like to stand under large leaves, waiting for anything floating by that fits their mouths. Also, they only started reproducing after I introduced quite a number of plants into the tank which was a rocky and woody riverbed before.

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October 13, 2012
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Most Badis habitats are devoid of aquatic vegetation. It's mostly stones, wood, mud, algae and perhaps foliage hanging in the water. All species that I have kept in the past had no problem with few plants.

On a side note, thinking of adding Pangio as well.

October 14, 2012
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Hi Stefan,

 

I've kept B.badisY. cruciatus, Cobitis sp. and Poblonga  together in the past.

Occasionally there were some Badis youngsters, but only a few.

Someone might have eaten some eggs, but there could be another reason for that.

October 14, 2012
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Hi Stefan,
You are of course right in your description of Badis habitats. However, every sigle person I have spoken to, who has caught Badis in the wild tells me that the best "harvest" has always been beneath overhanging vegetation and amongst filametous algae. I don't want to stress that point any further, was just telling you of my experience. Smile
There will be, as always, different experiences, approaches and results.
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October 14, 2012
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Rudiger, that is a very good point and would make sense to have plants for that reason.

Kasja, thanks that was exactly what I was looking for.

October 14, 2012
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Hi all , I have a small group of the Y.cruciatus and I think their tank mates are possibly a little large really  ? Botia Rostrata ,Simibotias  Pulchra and Robusta , some Devario Laoensis ,and some Puntius Semifasciatus  but the Cruciatus seem OK I'm not a plant grower but do have plastic plants and plenty of wood and cobbles which seem to give them confidence to roam freely around the tank without any real hassle ?

 

I think plants either real or synthetic are a benefit to most fish in captivity Smile?

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