Rocky bottom cleaners - The Planted Tank Forum
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 07-29-2012, 06:22 PM Thread Starter
Planted Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2012
Location: Walla Walla, WA
Posts: 177
Rocky bottom cleaners

Hi friends.
My substrate consists of larger river pebbles, about 1cm wide on average. Which fish would do well cleaning these rocks without damaging their faces? Would a snail or some shrimp be better, or are these pebbles too large for shrimpies?

Thank you~ I'm working on getting some decent photos.
zankotsu is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 11 (permalink) Old 07-29-2012, 08:22 PM
Wannabe Guru
 
Snowflake311's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: SL Tahoe , ca
Posts: 1,022
If they are smooth rocks no shape sides like real river rocks I would say a Bn Pleco. They love hiding in rocks and cleaning them.

How big is the tank. What kind of water flow does it have a strong current? What temp? A hills team loach could be a good choice depending on the temp of the tank. Depending on size a group of Garra could be good they come from rocky areas.

You can't go wrong with snails.

80gal planted Angelfish community.
100gal SA cichlid, Silver dollar, and delhezi. No plants!
36 gal Planted Swordtail community.
Snowflake311 is offline  
post #3 of 11 (permalink) Old 07-29-2012, 10:13 PM
Wannabe Guru
 
LB79's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: South-central Washington State, USA
Posts: 1,940
Kuhli loaches are great for pebbly substrates.

"One day...one day, this path will lead us to the White City, and the tower guard will take up the call: the Lords of Gondor have returned!"

–Boromir, The Lord Of The Rings
LB79 is offline  
post #4 of 11 (permalink) Old 07-30-2012, 12:48 AM
Wannabe Guru
 
Snowflake311's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: SL Tahoe , ca
Posts: 1,022
Quote:
Originally Posted by LB79 View Post
Kuhli loaches are great for pebbly substrates.
I thought kuhli loach like to dig in sand?

80gal planted Angelfish community.
100gal SA cichlid, Silver dollar, and delhezi. No plants!
36 gal Planted Swordtail community.
Snowflake311 is offline  
post #5 of 11 (permalink) Old 07-30-2012, 04:27 AM
Planted Tank Guru
 
HybridHerp's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2012
Location: New York
Posts: 3,892
what about those sucker type loaches like butterfly loaches?
if you want something more traditional though, I would go with a combination of ottos, snails, and some sort of shrimp

I like my cherries and my amano shrimp, mine even eat BBA (and I am soooooo happy for that...if I have a small plant that is covered in BBA i throw it into my shrimp tank and it is spotless in about 2 days)

As far as snails, I'm in love with nerites and mystery snails. My nerites are amazing algae eaters, and I just like how mysterys look and how I can use them in my larger tank with cichlids (though if I can get like 25+ nerites I'd try them in that tank as well, just to see what would happen)

My 75 gallon High Tech Tank:http://tinyurl.com/n7zp47m
My 10 gallon High Tech Tank:http://tinyurl.com/qyf7s5o
My 5.5 gallon nano College Dorm Tank:http://tinyurl.com/p54uupj
Mom's Spec V:http://tinyurl.com/qjt3rw2
HybridHerp is offline  
post #6 of 11 (permalink) Old 07-30-2012, 05:18 AM Thread Starter
Planted Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2012
Location: Walla Walla, WA
Posts: 177
I think my tank is a little warm for a fast-stream loach, but they do look pretty neat. I'm considering a couple of Yoyo loaches and a few Amano shrimp once I get more plant action happening.

I can only choose between the Petco in town and the LFS, which has black hairy algae on their false plants D: Between you and me, would you recommend ordering fish online?
zankotsu is offline  
post #7 of 11 (permalink) Old 07-30-2012, 08:38 AM
Algae Grower
 
Join Date: Jul 2012
Location: Arizona
Posts: 85
Send a message via Skype™ to Shanster
Hybridherb - I am so glad you said you keep the nerite snails with your cichlids. I have been constantly checking out these snails, but I was concerned the cichlids would destroy them. I will certainly be getting some of them in my tanks!
Shanster is offline  
post #8 of 11 (permalink) Old 07-30-2012, 02:59 PM
Planted Tank Guru
 
HybridHerp's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2012
Location: New York
Posts: 3,892
wait wait wait, you misread me
I keep mystery snails with my cichlids, you can look in my 75 gallon journal
I want to try nerites though, but as of yet it is untested lol.
Don't forget either that cichlids can be individuals. My geophagus kept trying to eat the mystery snails for 3 days, then when he kept failing he just stopped caring about their existence and let me add as many of them as I want

what kind of cichlids are you looking at btw?

My 75 gallon High Tech Tank:http://tinyurl.com/n7zp47m
My 10 gallon High Tech Tank:http://tinyurl.com/qyf7s5o
My 5.5 gallon nano College Dorm Tank:http://tinyurl.com/p54uupj
Mom's Spec V:http://tinyurl.com/qjt3rw2
HybridHerp is offline  
post #9 of 11 (permalink) Old 07-30-2012, 03:02 PM
Planted Tank Guru
 
HybridHerp's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2012
Location: New York
Posts: 3,892
Quote:
Originally Posted by zankotsu View Post
I think my tank is a little warm for a fast-stream loach, but they do look pretty neat. I'm considering a couple of Yoyo loaches and a few Amano shrimp once I get more plant action happening.

I can only choose between the Petco in town and the LFS, which has black hairy algae on their false plants D: Between you and me, would you recommend ordering fish online?
Doesn't have to be between you and me, but I'll say this. Up until my joining these forums a few months ago, I had never bought anything live over the internet. I find it completely superior to buy plants online due to better selection and quality. As far as buying fish are concerned, I have yet to buy fish online, HOWEVER, for the nano tank I have in the works, I figure that in order for me to get the fish I want I will have to order online, and I am okay with this. Sure, shipping will cost a bit but I figure that I'd rather spend a little more money to ensure that I get what I want, instead of being at the mercery of what is or is not available in the lfs I can bother going to.

My 75 gallon High Tech Tank:http://tinyurl.com/n7zp47m
My 10 gallon High Tech Tank:http://tinyurl.com/qyf7s5o
My 5.5 gallon nano College Dorm Tank:http://tinyurl.com/p54uupj
Mom's Spec V:http://tinyurl.com/qjt3rw2
HybridHerp is offline  
post #10 of 11 (permalink) Old 07-30-2012, 10:00 PM
Wannabe Guru
 
LB79's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: South-central Washington State, USA
Posts: 1,940
Quote:
Originally Posted by Snowflake311 View Post
I thought kuhli loach like to dig in sand?
Yeah, they like it, but hiding in pebbles is just as fun. Plus, they'll be able to eat the morsels that the other fish might miss.

"One day...one day, this path will lead us to the White City, and the tower guard will take up the call: the Lords of Gondor have returned!"

–Boromir, The Lord Of The Rings
LB79 is offline  
post #11 of 11 (permalink) Old 07-30-2012, 11:07 PM
Children Boogie
 
mistergreen's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: Cincinnati
Posts: 16,590
Hillstream loaches and freshwater gobie (Stiphodon) would work.

mistergreen is offline  
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the The Planted Tank Forum forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in









Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.



Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode



Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome