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PostPosted: 2010.07.24(Sat)15:56    Post subject: 10 gallon scavenger? Reply with quote

whats a good scavenger that will live happily in a 10 gallon? it doesn't necessarily have to eat algae just left over food.
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PostPosted: 2010.07.24(Sat)16:02    Post subject: Reply with quote

All depends Wink

Most shrimp, and snails I would think. MTS do a great job and you don't have to buy them! Just find some local who has to many! I assume this will be for you killi tank?
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PostPosted: 2010.07.24(Sat)16:18    Post subject: Reply with quote

yeah I was thinking of shrimp but killies are natural predators Rolling Eyes
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PostPosted: 2010.07.24(Sat)16:20    Post subject: Reply with quote

I was maybe thinking of maybe a little school of those dwarf. or some kind of snail that doesn't reproduce. like maybe apple snails or nerite snails.
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PostPosted: 2010.07.24(Sat)18:37    Post subject: Reply with quote

Apple snails are too big and messy.

Nerites (Neritina spp.) are good, if you can find them. I saw two recently in a private LFS. They were the usual black and tan striped kind, but they both had brush algae growing on their shells! Which means if you don't feed carefully, even the useful Nerite won't be able to keep up with the algae.

MTS are great but they multiply rapidly. Male MTS are rare and, in the absence of males, the females can - and do! - reproduce up to 70 little clones. If you have artificial lighting on the tank, then you will only see the MTS come out at night - usually. On a natural tank, it's typical to see them out and about whenever there is food. If you think seeing so many will gross you out, don't start with them.
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PostPosted: 2010.07.25(Sun)4:34    Post subject: Reply with quote

what about a little school of dwarf corys?
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PostPosted: 2010.07.25(Sun)10:11    Post subject: Reply with quote

I disagree about the apple snails. When my 10g was still at my grandparents' house, it had a black mystery snail (species of apple snail, right?) in it, and it was large but the tank had and still has very good filtration and there weren't any problems. Yes, dwarf cories will work.
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PostPosted: 2010.07.25(Sun)13:24    Post subject: Reply with quote

how many would you guys think wuld be good and long term
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PostPosted: 2010.07.25(Sun)15:55    Post subject: Reply with quote

I don't think this would be a good mix. I've seen tiny killies go after other fish, specifically Corydoras! I advise against this mix. If someone here has had a good experience with corys and this kind of killifish they should post here. Otherwise, I don't think random suggestions involving dwarf corys - just because they are small! - is helpful.

I have found that the very smallest corys do better in a larger tank.
Especially if a community is being considered.

I still say the apple snail would be too big and messy and not last very long in that tank. This kind of snail needs supplements to keep its shell hard, and that would influence the water chemistry of such a small tank.

Besides all that, corys are not scavengers, they are predators. They hunt and search for food all day and they won't be healthy on leftovers.

dyl, you have a nice tank going as is. Don't push it to the limit with the wrong mix of fish. Just my IMO!
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PostPosted: 2010.07.25(Sun)16:07    Post subject: Reply with quote

dyl is short. my real name is dylan Very Happy
thank you for advising me to not get the dwarf corys. I knew that the killies were pretty agressive but not that bad! could maybe some kind of loach work? like maybe a couple of kuli loaches or something?
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