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Old 12-29-2011, 07:44 PM   #1 
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Bottom feeders with guppies?

I have originally going to get 3 guppies and 4 cories, but things never go as planned! lol After a visit to my LPS I come home with 5 male guppies! They currently reside in a 10 Gallon aquarium at 77 degrees. I know that If I added the 4 cories, I'd be overstocking, so is there any other bottom feeders that could act as a clean-up crew?
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Old 12-29-2011, 10:11 PM   #2 
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shrimp, or Pygmy cories could work, i especially love pygmy cories, here is a pic of one of the ones that i have, they are schooling fish so you would need a minimum of 6 though
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Old 12-30-2011, 08:43 AM   #3 
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Would the shrimp eat un-eaten food? My Guppies are messy, especially Mango. :P
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Old 12-30-2011, 12:27 PM   #4 
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Yes the shrimp would definitely eat the uneaten food
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Old 12-30-2011, 01:26 PM   #5 
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Great! Mango is a messy eater. :P Is there any other options?
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Old 12-30-2011, 01:26 PM   #6 
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Shrimp are a wonderful choice, with a low bioload. You can have large numbers, (6-10 usually is what people have) without a problem, and they do a wonderful job scavenging the rocks for fallen food. They do better in at least a group of 3, and since their bioload is small they beat the cories.... Adding cories, you need usually 4-6 or more, and they poop a lot. :/ or at least, that is what I found.

For a 10 gallon, it is harder. cories are...iffy. Plecos are a definite no. Any other fish, which there are ones like tetras or platys, or molies, that also scavenge wouldn't fit in the tank.
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Old 12-30-2011, 03:42 PM   #7 
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Shrimp are a wonderful choice, with a low bioload. You can have large numbers, (6-10 usually is what people have) without a problem, and they do a wonderful job scavenging the rocks for fallen food. They do better in at least a group of 3, and since their bioload is small they beat the cories.... Adding cories, you need usually 4-6 or more, and they poop a lot. :/ or at least, that is what I found.

For a 10 gallon, it is harder. cories are...iffy. Plecos are a definite no. Any other fish, which there are ones like tetras or platys, or molies, that also scavenge wouldn't fit in the tank.
How long do the shrimp live? The less gravel-siphoning the better! Yeah, cories are iffy with 5 guppies! Would a snail clean up food? What about an oto?
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Old 12-30-2011, 03:58 PM   #8 
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I don't think I'd recommend otos... Unless the tank is teeming with algae. Most, will ignore the algae wafers, and need actual algae to survive. Some will take algae wafers... But I recommend having the tank cycled for 6 months, or more before considering oto cats.

Snails, are nice too. I've had an apple snail. Although they poop more than say... a pest snail (which some people like to have) they also CANNOT breed by themselves, unlike the asexual pond snails. Mystery and apple snails, are good.

Shrimp can last I think for a year or so (like most fish anyways) the key is to NOT have them get eaten or die from ammonia poisoning (uncycled tank, too many fish, etc)
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If you're just worried about uneaten food, then get some ghost shrimp. they're super cheap and extremely active.
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Old 12-30-2011, 07:13 PM   #10 
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So, my options are:
Apple Snail
Mystery Snail
Ghost Shrimp
What about an ADF?
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