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Old 11-07-2013, 12:29 PM   #1 
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Best Cleanup Fish for My Tank Sizes

I currently have my bettas in a Fluval Edge and Spec. One is just under three gallons and the other is a six gallon (both have filters running). Does anyone have suggestions on what type of clean-up fish would be best, both in terms of being able to live off the betta's leavings and in not getting attacked? In the past, I just had bettas by themselves in non-filtered homes, so this is new to me.
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Old 11-07-2013, 12:55 PM   #2 
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Get a Nerite snail. They'll also keep down the algae. You may have to supplement feed with small pieces of algae wafers (and I mean small; those suckers expand!). Not sure there are really any fish which would work.

As far as being attached, that depends on your Bettas' personalities. But always have a back-up plan.
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Old 11-07-2013, 12:58 PM   #3 
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Personally, I would recommend otocinclus catfish and ghost shrimp. You may need to feed them a leaf of spinach or lettuce per week though.
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Old 11-07-2013, 01:04 PM   #4 
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To do what's best for the Otos they should be kept in shoals of no less than six. Might work in the six gallon but not the three. I agree about the Ghosties if the Bettas aren't aggressive and there are lots of hides/plants.
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Old 11-07-2013, 01:13 PM   #5 
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I keep my otos in groups of 4. Anything above that is personal preference IMO.
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Old 11-08-2013, 08:56 PM   #6 
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It's worth pointing out two things here, I think:

- You don't need a clean-up fish. They don't actually clean anything except very specific types of algae, and they do add to the bioload of the tank. They will increase your workload, not reduce it.
- There is no fish at all that can live on a betta's leavings.
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Old 11-08-2013, 09:02 PM   #7 
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+1 there's no fish that can live on a Betta's leavings.
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Old 11-10-2013, 06:51 PM   #8 
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I got some ghost shrimp just to add some variety. I'll supplement their food as needed. The store recommended five for each tank, even though one is 6 gallons and the other is under 3. Might work out okay though because Klaus (in the smaller tank) has a bit too much interest in the poor ghosties.
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