View Full Version : Attractive bottom feeder suggestions.

07-15-2010, 04:33 PM
First of all this will be a future addition. I am trying to find an attractive bottom feeder for my 12 gal tank. which will have 1 dwarf gourami and about 8 small schooling fish. The tank will be moderately planted with some driftwood
as well.

I really like the look of Kuhli loaches, but since they do best in large groups, this will probably not be a good option for this tank.

Does anyone know of any other attractive small bottom feeders that would suit well to this tank?

07-15-2010, 04:42 PM
Dwarf corys or a snail.

07-15-2010, 04:52 PM
Akysis catfish stay small, and do fine either single or in groups.

07-15-2010, 05:02 PM
Pygmy corydoras or rabbit snails. The gourami may try to attack the snails if it's an evil gourami.

07-15-2010, 05:04 PM
Corys. Pygmy are best.

07-15-2010, 05:26 PM
How big will a Pygmy Cory get?

07-15-2010, 05:29 PM
3/4 of an inch to 1 inch.

07-15-2010, 05:36 PM
What's the minimum number of these pygmys you should have?
In the primer it says that they do best in numbers...also I have pretty hard water. Anyone else have hard water and pygmys?

07-15-2010, 05:55 PM
I would say 4 would be a good number. I've had single corys but they are happier in groups.

07-16-2010, 12:52 AM
Cories really should be kept in groups of six or more, and this really applies to pygmies because they are so small. I think that a group of 8 would be really happy in a 12 gallon.

And as toddnbecka states, akysis vespa are pretty cool. I'm going to get some for my 10 gallon.

07-17-2010, 09:11 AM
Elegan corydoras are small and utterely playful in groups. 3 would do you fine.

Michael Milligan
07-17-2010, 10:29 AM
Shrimp clean the bottom--your plants and rocks too!

Lady Hobbs
07-17-2010, 01:10 PM
I don't think I'd put too many corys in a 12 gallon tank or they will be competing for food. I like todds suggestion of the Akysis catfish. I probably would have leaned towards shrimp but afraid the gourami's might eat them.

07-17-2010, 05:38 PM
Thanks for all the suggestions. After looking them all up online its going to be a tough decision. Luckily It will be awile before they are needed. ...maybe.
I just bought some new plants last night and have found 2 snails that came in from the micro sword. I may need these guys sooner than I thought! LOL

07-17-2010, 06:53 PM
I had a gourami in the same tank as a zebra shrimp. They were fine. Although the shrimp was bigger than the gourami! lol. All my fish ignored the shrimp. Sometimes he hung out with my plecos. Zebra shrimp are a larger shrimp but are really cool to watch and are an efficient bottom feeder.

07-18-2010, 12:32 AM
Ghost shrimp are cheap, and bigger. At least if they get eaten it's not very much to replace them. The trick is finding a place that sells them where they wont die after a few months, since most places don't sell them for quality, just feeders.