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Old 05-22-2012, 10:18 AM   #1 
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What could I put in there?
I like snails and shrimp.
the glo-fish are spiffy.
I like algea-eaters (sucker-fish, whatever you want to call them and whatever they really are called)
Not to familiar with any other fish.
So.. Ideas?
What fish would be good with them and what would that fish need?
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Old 05-22-2012, 10:24 AM   #2 
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Any algae eater (I think mine is the....chinese? japanese? whichever is smaller!) will need algae or a source of it. My tank was plagued by algae, and in a few days the ONE algae eater had it ALL cleaned, top to bottom. I probably wouldn't suggest one only because they really do eat a LOT!
I'd avoid plecos too.
Plus for them, if they run out of food they may begin eating the slime coat off of your fish.

If you wanted, get some red cherry shrimp or whichever you like... Make sure to have java fern or some sort of low bearing plant they can hide in. This keeps them alive from hungry fish!!
Glofish I feel do better in 20+, as they are danios and very very active.

Are there colors, unique traits, or body form you like?
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Old 05-22-2012, 10:27 AM   #3 
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Corrydoras they are awesomely cute and Pecos I think are the algea eaters your talking about they get huge btw and in truth like gold fish they do not only get as big as their tank you may just stunt their growth. Try Siamese algea eaters not Chinese those are different. I would research them....
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Old 05-22-2012, 10:42 AM   #4 
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Lol. I always do before I get them.
I had some before. They must've been Siamese, they've never got that big, even in the 55 gallon we had one in.
However, I did have one in a 190 gallon i think, when i was itty bitty that was HUGE.
And I know they need they're algae. With all mine, they got a pair of algae discs a day.
And yeah, lots of plants will be going in there. I want to get some baby dwarf tears, but its hard finding them around here.
I've heard many good things about corys, and I'm thinking of getting a few.
I like pretty colorful things. Blues are my favorite, but I'll be getting this boy in a few weeks and want something that will stand out from him:

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Old 05-22-2012, 01:39 PM   #5 
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Yeah that's the one I have - the siamese algae eater. I think they only get to around 4 inches?
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Old 05-22-2012, 02:18 PM   #6 
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For an algae eater, make sure you get Otocinclus and NOT Plecostomus!
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Corrydoras they are awesomely cute and Pecos I think are the algea eaters your talking about they get huge btw and in truth like gold fish they do not only get as big as their tank you may just stunt their growth. Try Siamese algea eaters not Chinese those are different. I would research them....
Don't try plecostomus in a 16 gallon tank. You want Otocinclus.
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Old 05-22-2012, 04:27 PM   #8 
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Dittoing to stay away from plecos. Not only do they need lots of algae(and thus plenty of algae discs for them to eat) but they grow extremely large very fast; we have some at work that are nearing a foot long, and that's just from living at the store. If you like algae eaters, you can try a bottom feeder like loaches or corydoras catfish. They don't eat algae like algae eaters, but they still have the bottom feeder charm. You can get a snail for algae control(I've never seen a tank with a snail have an algae problem, at least on the glass anyways, which is the big part I care about; a little algae in the tank can be a good thing) or a ghost shrimp cleaning crew for the substrate. (My ghost shrimp eat EVERYTHING in the substrate, even feeding them bottom feeder pellets.) White Cloud Mountain Minnows are cool little fish, though they tend to like cooler water; they may not have as long of a lifespan in warm water. Neon tetras are cool too, and if you're sixteen gallon is long, you'd have a good footprint for a smaller group of them. ((Definitely need at least sixish though to get a school going.))
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Old 05-22-2012, 06:49 PM   #9 
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I never liked tetras. ;-;
Think I'll go with a few corys and a snail.
I'd like to get a saimese pleco if I can find one. I have the money to support them food-wise.
Anyone know how many corys one should have together? They need sand right?
And what do otos need? I may get a pair or so if I can't find a saimese pleco around.
def. want like a dozen shrimp, preferably ghost. would that be okay with corys and a pleco?

Also. Would A dwarf bristlenose be alright?

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Old 05-22-2012, 08:14 PM   #10 
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Hmm. What are your water PH and hardness readings. None of us can go about recommending fish for you as we don't yet know the specifics, some fish such as boraras brigittae, and boraras merah, thrive in soft water, while others such as mollies don't handle soft water very well

They do need sand or very fine gravel depending in the type. Typically larger types such as bronze, albino, peppered, or Julii need sand or fine pebbles but the dwarf species such as Habrosus, pygmaeus, and Hastatus only do well in sand. For the larger species you would need a minimum of 4-5 but for the smaller species you would need a minimum or around 6-8. Please post a specific species so we can narrow down requirements for it.

Ottos are very, highly sensitive fish with many needs and have to have a high amount of algae to graze on in order to thrive. I would not recommend these species unless you have the commitment. They also thrive in planted tanks. 2 isn't enough either. For best behaviour and happiness along with minimal stress, the required number is 3-5

Depending on the Corydoras species and Plecos. Yes, the shrimp would be fine, but with 4 large cories or 6 small cories and a Bristlenose I honestly would think you are over stocking. I would recommend either taking the Corydoras or the Pleco out of the list. Preferably Plecos as Corydoras are much more rewarding fish IMO/E

A dwarf Bristlenose should be okay depending in what else you have in the tank, if you already have the cories. I woudlnt recommend bristlenoses. They have an extremely large bio load for there size and eat a lot. With sand the amount of poop can also be very unsightly, since debris settles on top of the sand instead of falling through as it does with a gravel substrate

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