Bottom feeder ideas please

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How about some loaches? Or i'd imagine a bristlenose would do ok?

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Stephen wrote:
Sat Jun 27, 2020 21:08 pm
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Get yourself a group of 5 Synodontis lucipinnis ....................... they are from lake Tanganika so your waters good for them.
pH7.2 is a little low for Lake Tanganyika isn't it? I thought pH7.5+ was better.
Not with these as they can tolerate the PH below 7 ,as long as its above 7 they are fine long term

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Lee_k wrote:
Sat Jun 27, 2020 21:15 pm
How about some loaches? Or i'd imagine a bristlenose would do ok?
Don't want a pleco as the bio-load and how big it'll get.
Not sure on loaches, will have a look on the compatibility.
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Sat Jun 27, 2020 20:12 pm
Get yourself a group of 5 Synodontis lucipinnis ....................... they are from lake Tanganika so your waters good for them.
pH7.2 is a little low for Lake Tanganyika isn't it? I thought pH7.5+ was better.
Yeah I don't want to raise my pH anymore

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Hi Paul,

A Bristlenose pleco only gets to about 10cm they dont get large like a common pleco.

I also have a L340 Megaclown thats around 12month old now and hes much smaller than the bristlenose in the tank - dont think he'd help with your issue though and he never really scavages around - prefering to just make home on some driftwood although he looks really cool in the odd moments you do see him swimming around!

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Most (if not all) loaches should be in soft water to do well.
I know you see people who put them in Rift Lake tanks, but they don't get to 40 years old which they should do, and quite often get problems.
They'd also destroy any remaining plants Paul - mine ate everything except Amazon swords....... ;)

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plankton wrote:
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Most (if not all) loaches should be in soft water to do well.
I know you see people who put them in Rift Lake tanks, but they don't get to 40 years old which they should do, and quite often get problems.
They'd also destroy any remaining plants Paul - mine ate everything except Amazon swords....... ;)
Oh, so what are my options then, I was looking at the upside down catfish but how will he clean my sand if he's upside down lol

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UDCs would be ok, just make sure they are s.nigriventris and not some syno hybrid which may get (much) bigger.

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plankton wrote:
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UDCs would be ok, just make sure they are s.nigriventris and not some syno hybrid which may get (much) bigger.
What do you reckon on these.... The wife picked them out. Is that an accurate description?

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I refer to my previous answer - loaches are softwater fish and do better in soft water. ;)
They only have the yo-yo markings when they're young, as they grow they darken and the markings are more reticulated.
I wouldn't keep them above 8 dGH, and won't suggest anyone else does.

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plankton wrote:
Mon Jun 29, 2020 8:59 am
I refer to my previous answer - loaches are softwater fish and do better in soft water. ;)
They only have the yo-yo markings when they're young, as they grow they darken and the markings are more reticulated.
I wouldn't keep them above 8 dGH, and won't suggest anyone else does.
Have you any experience of these..Marbled Clarias Catfish?
Look quite an interesting fish

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