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Hello!
I have recently stocked my 29 gallon planted tank (properly cycled, with lots of caves and hiding places) with 6 fancy guppies and 8 cardinal tetras. I am also planning to put in a dwarf gourami after everything is stocked. But now, I wish to know what I can use as a cleanup crew! I was originally going to put a couple peppered cories in there but I would like to know what my other options are. Shrimp? Plecos? (I really like them but I dont think they will fit)
Thank you in advance for all of your answers!!!!!
 

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A school of otocinclus!


 

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Welcome to Fish Lore!!!! Pleasure to meet you!

Also, the cories would need to be in schools of six or more, so just a "couple" wouldn't work. Also, if you went with a pleco, I'd do a bristlenose as I think I've heard that clowns can be shy.
 
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BornThisWayBettas said:
Welcome to Fish Lore!!!! Pleasure to meet you!

Also, the cories would need to be in schools of six or more, so just a "couple" wouldn't work. Also, if you went with a pleco, I'd do a bristlenose as I think I've heard that clowns can be shy.
When you say a pleco would it be fine on its own?
 

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Cories aren't really considered a cleanup crew. They are bottom feeders but they don't eat algae.


 

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FishTankNewbie said:
When you say a pleco would it be fine on its own?
From what I've learned on here, yup!
 

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Keep in mind that plecos are messy and have a huge bioload compared to similarly sized fish.


 

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I'd go with some nerite snails and a few amano shrimp myself.
 

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FishTankNewbie said:
When you say a pleco would it be fine on its own?
Yes, multiple males may fight.
I would personally go with something else because they have a big bioload.
 

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BornThisWayBettas said:
I'd do a bristlenose as I think I've heard that clowns can be shy.
Some clowns can be. Mine has to be the polar opposite though. He is always out and about. I never have trouble finding him in my 55. They do (like others have said) have a very large bio-load though. Seems like I just clean my tank and hes already made a disaster zone out of it.
 

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My BN pleco does wonderful in my 29! When he's not rasping on his driftwood, he loves to ride around on the back of my snail.


6 bettas, 1 Oscar, 1 marble peacock cichlid, various live bearers, shrimp and snails
 

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Mystery snails are excellent cleanup crews for leftover food and nerites are good for algae.

 

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Too bad this is a 29 gallon because like I said before, the absolute best cleanup crew is a bunch of Siamese algae eaters. They do it all, leftover food, algae, cleaning plants, the glass etc.


 
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