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Good scavenger?

What is a good scavenger that will eat fallen leaves off the bottom of a tank?
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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 04-15-2009, 05:24 AM
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scavengers tend to eat uneated food, corys kuhlis guys like that, fish that eat fallen leafs will eat leafs off of your plants first
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What is a good scavenger that will eat fallen leaves off the bottom of a tank?
Nobody I want in my planted aquarium with fins. Some snails and shrimp will go after them for the algae and are safe for this purpose. Research there may pay off for you.

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Snails will generally eat dead leaves for you. Or you can just let the dead leaves get eaten by bacteria in the tank, which in turn, gives shrimp a food source (they eat the bacteria).

Of course, this process of bacteria eating leaves takes a while. So make sure the leaves that die are natural causes, not because the plant is unhealthy and dying. It has to be more along the lines of, old leaf dying and falling off.
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Ramshorn snails are good for this, aren't they?

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Just add a good powerhead into your tank to create more water flow and most of fallen leaves will be collected at the intake of the powerhead, which then can be easily removed with a fish net. A Hydor Koralia is perfect for this job
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