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Old 10-06-2009, 05:58 PM   #1 
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Bottom feeders

Hey All,

I thought I would start a new thread, I did a search and found a few ideas, but I was wondering if I could compile the info.

I have a 20 Gal, with a male betta, and 8 tetra diff kinds. I would like to get some bottom feeders, I really like the shrimp, and the cory's, is there anything else I could add that is a bit different? and how many can I add, I have 9 fish total right now, what would be my fish limit for a 20 GAL?

Thanks in advance :)

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Old 10-06-2009, 06:00 PM   #2 
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Hey All,

I thought I would start a new thread, I did a search and found a few ideas, but I was wondering if I could compile the info.

I have a 20 Gal, with a male betta, and 8 tetra diff kinds. I would like to get some bottom feeders, I really like the shrimp, and the cory's, is there anything else I could add that is a bit different? and how many can I add, I have 9 fish total right now, what would be my fish limit for a 20 GAL?

Thanks in advance :)

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I don't know what else to suggest other then cories, they are cute!

From what I've read, the rule of thumb with community tanks is 1 gallon per fish.
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Old 10-06-2009, 06:05 PM   #3 
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I don't know what else to suggest other then cories, they are cute!

From what I've read, the rule of thumb with community tanks is 1 gallon per fish.
Sweet, 11 more friends for Mr, H Awesome. I just thought there was something I missed. I did see corys at the pet store today, but I need to give my tank a good week to build some food up for them LOL!


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Old 10-06-2009, 06:06 PM   #4 
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They do make sinking food for Cories and other bottom feeders and algae eaters.
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Old 10-06-2009, 11:42 PM   #5 
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Your betta may eat shrimp, so if you want to try them for goodnesssake do not drop $10 bucks a pop for those Crystal Red Shrimp, etc! Cories are a great peaceful bottom feeder that come in loads of species and share water preferences with bettas. Loaches, on the other hand, can be a bit grouchier and should be approached with a little caution by owners of flowy-finned fish. And plecos... no matter what the pet store says do NOT buy one! Most varieties common enough to be found in pet stores can easily exceed a foot long!

Just another note, the general rule is 1 inch of fish per gallon, not one fish per gallon. Of course, this rule has alot of holes in it, eg a 20 inch fish cetrainly wouldn't fit in a 20g tank! I say go with a school of 5-6 cories that will leave you with some growing room for a fish you fall in love with down the road ;)

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Old 10-07-2009, 09:22 AM   #6 
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great answer kelly528
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Old 10-07-2009, 09:30 AM   #7 
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Your betta may eat shrimp, so if you want to try them for goodnesssake do not drop $10 bucks a pop for those Crystal Red Shrimp, etc! Cories are a great peaceful bottom feeder that come in loads of species and share water preferences with bettas. Loaches, on the other hand, can be a bit grouchier and should be approached with a little caution by owners of flowy-finned fish. And plecos... no matter what the pet store says do NOT buy one! Most varieties common enough to be found in pet stores can easily exceed a foot long!

Just another note, the general rule is 1 inch of fish per gallon, not one fish per gallon. Of course, this rule has alot of holes in it, eg a 20 inch fish cetrainly wouldn't fit in a 20g tank! I say go with a school of 5-6 cories that will leave you with some growing room for a fish you fall in love with down the road ;)

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Thanks for the reply, I have 9 fish as of now, I think I am gonna go pick up some corys are diff kinds
maybe 4-5 I saw them at the pet store, but I wanted to give my tank some time to cycle.

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Hey

Thanks for the reply, I have 9 fish as of now, I think I am gonna go pick up some corys are diff kinds
maybe 4-5 I saw them at the pet store, but I wanted to give my tank some time to cycle.

Thanks

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Glad I can help! Just one more thing before you bring the little guys home: I know cories are a schooling fish and like to be with their own species... I would check the cory forum just to confirm that the species you're planning on getting are similar enough to school together. You may have to go with 4 or 5 of the same kind, but I think a few species are compatible and will school together.
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u can put different cories together
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I'm glad I read this... I was gonna buy one Cory as a tank-mate for Babalu.

But if they're school'rs, I don't want the guy to be lonely :(

Babalu will be fine by himself :)
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