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How many cleaners in a heavily planted tank?

Trying to get a feel for how many cleaners such as nerites, amanos, bristlenoses, etc ppl use in their tanks. Could you post your tank sizes and how many of each cleaner you use?
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20gallons. 1 human, equipped with 1 algae scraper and a suction hose.


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Right now my 40B has 5 or 6 OTOs (I think), some amanos, some other shrimps, about 3 nerites. Other then algae eaters there are 6 false juliis (and a few babies).

Ive started supplementing there algae food. There is practically no algae (enough but not much visible). I saw one of the nerites today digging down in the sand and running along the glass under the sand to get the strip of algae thats between the glass and sand above the bottom rim.

Swapped over a small castle covered in diatoms and algae from my 10g algae (I mean betta) tank and the OTOs and baby cory are all over it.
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I've never planned on "cleaner" critters.
I do keep a school of 12 Corys just for the purpose of shuffling through the substrate.
They don't stir the substrate as I would like, they have learned to perform a tag team operation @ removing snails from their shells though.


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Maryland Guppy what substrate do ya have? My 6 corys are always rooting around in my PFS substrate. The night after a water change/vac the sand will be pot marked with little dimples. They go down about 1/4-1/3" into the sand.

Now the Nerites burry themselves when foraging. They go down a good inch, have scene mounds in the sand that a nerite emerges from lol. Ofcourse its spotty when and where they do it.
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Trying to get a feel for how many cleaners such as nerites, amanos, bristlenoses, etc ppl use in their tanks. Could you post your tank sizes and how many of each cleaner you use?
17 Gallon

1 1.5 inch Nano Pleco
4 Otos
3 Amanos
4 Nerite Snails (1 Big 3 small)
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Maryland Guppy what substrate do ya have? My 6 corys are always rooting around in my PFS substrate. The night after a water change/vac the sand will be pot marked with little dimples. They go down about 1/4-1/3" into the sand.
I have BDBS 2" thick with panda & C123 corys.


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My strategy is to introduce some MTS and to add some powdered crab cuisine once a day after the lights go out to boost their population. They rotate substrate, eat algae, and you can control population by adjusting the night time feeling amount.
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20gallons. 1 human, equipped with 1 algae scraper and a suction hose.
Me too.

120G heavily planted no cleaners.

If tank is running well should be no need.

That being said, I might add some shrimp, mostly to please my wife who thinks they would be cool.
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In my tanks- 45 gal: three zebra nerites, several dozen malaysian trumpet snails, handful ramshorn snails.

33 gal- uncounted malaysian trumpet snails

10 gal- two small horned nerites, some malaysian trumpet snails

1.5 gal- seven amano shrimps (no other livestock)

My shrimp bowl is always spotless and I barely feed them (so far). 75 and 33 I have to scrape the front glass occasionally- maybe once a month or so. 10 gal I rarely need to clean the glass. But the number of fishes, light intensity, plant mass and so forth is diff in each tank and all that makes a diff in how much algae there is, too.


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Hmmm. Let’s see if I can remember (not counting breeding which is a real thing)

40g- 2 ottos, 2 nerites, 5 Amano, handful of cherries
10g- 1 Otto, 1 nerite, 6 Amano, 2 cherries
6g- 1 oto, 1 nerite, 6 Amano, oodles of cherries
6g- none
4g- 1 nerite, 2 Amano
2.5g oodles of cherries, 1 nerite
4g- none

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