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Poll: Best Bottom Dwellers To Compliment Rainbows

Home Forums My Aquarium Poll: Best Bottom Dwellers To Compliment Rainbows

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  • #302120

    Canadian Fish
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    Hi, my 55 gallon tank is currently home to some 6 Red Irian and 4 Lake Kutubu Rainbowfish, as well as some Platies and Zebra Danios.

    Eventually I plan to move the danios and some if not all of the platies into my 20 gallon tank, and then I plan to add some bottom feeders.

    These are what I am considering:

    Zebra, Polka Dot, or Yo Yo loaches. Leaning toward Polka Dot loaches at the moment, probably a group of 5.

    OR

    Black Red Tailed Shark. Yes, they’re territorial, but can anyone deny they look cool patrolling the bottom of a tank? Right now the bottom of my tank is practically empty. The Rainbows and Danios hardly ever go down there, and there are lots of hiding places (fake log, natural caves made from driftwood, fake plants) so maybe it could work? I realize it’s hit or miss with RTS and some are just ornery regardless of these conditions.

    OR

    Bristlenose Pleco. Kind of boring compared to a fun school of loaches or a cool Red Tailed Shark.

    Basically, the mid to top of my tank is busy now, but the bottom of my tank needs some action (preferably not just nocturnal action). Opinions? Thanks everyone!

    #347697

    Plaamoo
    Participant

    I think I’ve already given my opinion on redtail black sharks, negative. My favorite fish under rainbows are fish that mostly graze algae/aufwuchs. Stiphodon gobies for instance. It’s difficult to get food down past rainbowfish to feed bottom feeders, so having these keeps it simple. They get bits, but not too much which is ideal.
    Of your fish listed I’d go with the b. kubotai(polkadot) over the b. almorhae(yoyo) and probably add a bristlenose or similar for algae scrubbing. That would max out your tank so have to keep up on the water changes.

    #347699

    Canadian Fish
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    QUOTE (plaamoo @ Mar 26 2012, 01:13 PM) < {POST_SNAPBACK}>
    I think I’ve already given my opinion on redtail black sharks, negative. My favorite fish under rainbows are fish that mostly graze algae/aufwuchs. Stiphodon gobies for instance. It’s difficult to get food down past rainbowfish to feed bottom feeders, so having these keeps it simple. They get bits, but not too much which is ideal.
    Of your fish listed I’d go with the b. kubotai(polkadot) over the b. almorhae(yoyo) and probably add a bristlenose or similar for algae scrubbing. That would max out your tank so have to keep up on the water changes.

    I like the bristlenose. I wasn’t sure if I could have one and the loaches. What is the fish in your avatar?

    I’m not familiar with Stiphodon gobies. I’ll have a look.

    Someone suggested Dwarf Cichlids. I hadn’t researched them at all because I incorrectly assumed they would be too aggressive and would require different water perimeters. There are some cool looking species, though I really like the activity of the loaches.

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