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Have a list of 3 bottom feeder spieces........

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Have a list of 3 bottom feeder spieces........

PostAuthor: ChrisS » Sat Jul 14, 2012 22:04

.......for my yet to be stocked mbuna setup.

Bristlenose Catfish
Synodontis petricola
Botia striata (Zebra Loach)

The Synodontis I can only seem to find fully grown fish and as I will probably be getting F1 juvenile cichlids I dont want these turning into rather expensive catfish food :cryy

The B/n cats eat the algae that my mbuna will also want to eat :aarggh

This leaves the Zebra Loach I have noticed quite a few members keeping loaches of some sort or other with their Malawi cichlids they wont strip the tank bare of algae or hunt down my little F1 cichlids :pray

So was thinking of getting 3 Zebra Loach and single B/n cat does that seem ok for a 48x18x18 set up?

Or do you have anyother suggestions :scheming
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Re: Have a list of 3 bottom feeder spieces........

PostAuthor: matt_harry_harrison » Sat Jul 14, 2012 22:26

Hmmm - me I would go with the synodontis, but then I have a soft spot for them. Bristle noses do well and a lot of people have them, not sure about loaches as I would have thought they would do better in a softer water set up ?

There are a lot of synodontis and most would be ok .... I have kept a syno ocelifer with malawi's for about 20 years, he nabs a few fry but some make it.

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Re: Have a list of 3 bottom feeder spieces........

PostAuthor: johnlfc » Sat Jul 14, 2012 22:40

Have you thought about synodontis multipunctatus you could buy them young and grow on with your fish.

I got mine from a breeder in Gateshead who has them regular.
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Re: Have a list of 3 bottom feeder spieces........

PostAuthor: FunkyFish » Sat Jul 14, 2012 23:20

there are a couple people who breed syno's so there must be small ones about... i love my syno njassae even though they are noisy some days :balloonvalent

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Re: Have a list of 3 bottom feeder species...

PostAuthor: V00d000 » Sat Jul 14, 2012 23:55

johnlfc wrote:Have you thought about synodontis multipunctatus you could buy them young and grow on with your fish.

I got mine from a breeder in Gateshead who has them regular.


+1 on the punks.

I love mine, they're like the F1 of the cat world (that's Formula 1), the speed at which they zip around, over & under the rocks is incredible.
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Re: Have a list of 3 bottom feeder spieces........

PostAuthor: Graham » Sun Jul 15, 2012 00:21

I wouldn't worry about the synos gobbling your cichlids when you get them. Yes, they will make a meal of the odd tiny fry i.e. when they are first spit, but presumably when you say you will be stocking with fry I assume you mean something at least guppy-size. Synodontis lucipinnis (aka dwarf petricola which I assume they really are) won't take young fish of that size.
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Re: Have a list of 3 bottom feeder spieces........

PostAuthor: ChrisS » Sun Jul 15, 2012 09:19

Thank you for the replys :goodjob

I guess I will keep it African then I will keep looking for some baby synos they must be out there somewhere.
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