The perfect cleanup crew

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  1. Willie.Pretorius

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    Good evening, this is my 30 gallon planted tetra/fancy guppy/shrimp tank. It has been thriving for about a year now.

    With a healty growing shrimp population. Regardless of the bare jungle and beach look the shrimp prefer the beach.

    My tank is weird my red cherry shrimp tend to eat the guppies and my tetras are mean and active.

    My neon tetras though hide in the brush all the time.

    Lovely.

    -But- I need a fish to bring the perfect balance. This fish needs to mainly disturb the substrate of my lucious beach. I need someting that will kickup the substrate to remove fallen debris for the shrimps to pick clean.

    I have 3 ideas and welcome any and all advice.

    -Royal Twig Catfish.
    -Gobies
    -a Tiny Clown Loach

    Please assist me in choosing the best fish for the job that wont upset the perfect balance that I have going.

    Kind Regards

    Willie.Pretorius

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    A tiny Clown Loach won't stay tiny for very long.
    They grow quite large.

    I would suggest a couple of Corydora Catfish.
    They remain small, and can (mostly) safely kept with shrimp.
    My personal favourites are the Sterbai and the Panda Cory's.
    They root around in the ground all day without disturbing plant roots, and are a very good clean up crew.
    I have 4 Pandas in my 2ft shrimp tank, and 5 Sterbai in the 3ft guppy tank.
    There is never any left over food on the substrate. The Cory's keep the tanks clean.

    I have never kept Gobies, and have no experience with them.

    Whiptail Catfish I believe can be territorial, and only a single pair should be kept.
     
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    Panda's would look good with my white substrate. But would they really go digging in the substrate and unearth buried debris?

    All my plants are tied to wood pieces then burried under 2cm of proper flurite black substrate so im not really worried about unearthing.

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    Horseface loaches can work. Mine don't disturb the plants as they only buttow in the unplanted, front, of the tank.

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    They get huge though and they will eat an adult shrimp whole if it feels like it

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    I would stay away from loaches. For one, most don't stay small, especially clowns.

    But tbh, I think even with Corries, your shrimpsw will disappear.
     
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    This is a bumblebee Goby. It would take gravel into its mouth and spit it out looking for small organisms to eat.it would turn my gravel and probably work with my shrimps.

    But it lives in brackish water with a slight salinity and I dont want to risk that with the rest of my fish

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    So I decided on 2 panda corys if they play nice with my shrimps then. Which they have so far I will get 2 or 3 more to encourage schooling.
     
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    Good luck with that choice
     

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