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Old 07-03-2013, 07:29 PM   #1 
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Looking to add..

I need something that will eat food pellets that have fallen to the bottom. Once I finish off this fish food, I'm buying something else. The pellets I have now almost immediately sink to the bottom..creating quite a mess on the bottom of the tank.

I have no live plants yet, planning on getting some but may or may not have them by the time I invest in another animal for the tank. I was reading about mystery snails, but I read they create a lot of waste. That seems to be to counterproductive to keeping my tank clean.

I want something easy, I'm very new at this and don't trust myself to anything high maintenance yet. Also, if there's something I can get that I wont run the risk of my betta trying to eat, that would be awesome. I know I couldn't help but feel bad if I took in another animal, only to have it eaten/injured.

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Old 07-03-2013, 08:10 PM   #2 
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well i would try ghost shrimp they are easy to care for the betta might tease them and chase them are even kill them it depends on the betta but they will do the job i have 5 in my betta tank and they keep the bottom clean and they eat almost anything
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also they dont produce alot of waste
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Many betta owners use turkey basters to remove poop and food from the bottom of their tanks.

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Oh, so simple! Love those crafty kinds of ideas! Thanks :)
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Old 07-03-2013, 08:44 PM   #6 
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I'll look into ghost shrimp too. To be honest, shrimp kind of weird me out lol. But I can get over that. I have a five gallon, but it's tall so there's not a lot of surface area on the bottom. Would one be sufficient to do the job?
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