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Old 12-01-2010, 10:08 AM   #1 
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what cleaning animal i need?

guys i need cleaning animal for my 10 gal aquarium, and how many of them i need.

i dont use gravel on my aquarium because when i feed my bettas worms tends to hide under gravel and died of suffocation there. i heard mystery snails are good... but they breath air too! i need an animal that cleans the bottom of my aquarium.
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Old 12-01-2010, 11:16 AM   #2 
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Try a few ghost shrimp.
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Old 12-04-2010, 07:38 PM   #3 
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What about a hillstream loach?? Their kinda cute and interesting, plus they only grow to around 3 inches
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Old 12-04-2010, 08:02 PM   #4 
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honestly, it's your job as a fishkeeper to keep the tank clean. You can use a turkey baster to suck out what you need cleaned up. Cleaner animals themselves (even ghosties) need to be fed, and shouldn't be expected to keep your tank immaculate seeing as they themselves make messes too.

However, ghost shrimps clean left over fish food off the ground very well, though some bettas are known to eat them
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Old 12-04-2010, 08:03 PM   #5 
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I don't know alot about hillstream loaches but alot of loaches school in groups. Make sure you don't get a loach you have to school.

Don't some bettas eat ghost shrimp?

I don't know how pygmy cories do with bettas, but you could get 6 or 7 of those easy! They are so tiny. People use them for cleaner fish in 5g tanks. They are SO much fun to watch!

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Old 12-04-2010, 08:20 PM   #6 
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I wish I could get cories for my tank. I have a ten gallon divided in three.
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Old 12-04-2010, 08:58 PM   #7 
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Hillstream Loach

Minimum Tank Suggestion

24 inches in length for a group, larger if other fish are to be included.

Read more: http://www.tropicalfishkeeping.com/p...#ixzz17CadAv1I
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The link will bring you to the TFK profile for the Hillstream loach. As you can see, they need to be kept in groups. 24 inch tank IF there are no other fish, bigger if there are.

It doesn't seem the Hillstream Loach is suitable for a 10g tank.
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Old 12-04-2010, 08:59 PM   #8 
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Do NOT get a hillstream loach! They need cold water and a river simulating tank!
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Old 12-05-2010, 11:00 AM   #9 
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Do NOT get a hillstream loach! They need cold water and a river simulating tank!
Apparently, they need a temperature between 68-75F but from many other forums, I have heard of people keeping them in cold water too. I did forget they needed a tank of at least 24 inches for a group, my bad haha

Pygmy cories would be nice but they are pretty tough to get a hold of, or at least over here they are, would you believe no-one has even heard of them lol

Depending on your betta's personality you could keep ghost shrimp. I'm not sure how effective they are with cleaning as I've never kept them myself, however I did have RCS and my betta totally wiped them out so I would recommend some hiding places and plants lol.

The main key to keeping the tank clean is regular water changes and gravel vacuuming but it is helpful when you have fish that give a little back too haha
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Old 12-05-2010, 07:16 PM   #10 
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hmmm lol i bought 3 ghost shrimps.. a buck for all
yeah my bettas tried to eat them... specially my comet goldfishes.. they chase the shrimp everywhere.

oh well.. letss see tomoz morning if they still survive or not.
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