Freshwater flatfish?

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I'm looking for something like a flounder that can live entirely in freshwater, something that will stir up my sand and keep air from getting trapped for too long. Ive been researching a little but one place says one fish is freshwater and another says its brackish, if anyone knows of a fish that will bottom dwell and stir up my sand occasionally please do speak up. thanks
 

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Don't know of a fish, but a lot of people on the forum seem to keep Malaysian Trumpet Snails for that purpose. Alison
 
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Yeah I was looking at those, perfect besides the risk of them taking over a tank
 

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The risk of them "taking over a tank" is largely overstated. I keep them in all of my tanks and have for years. Their population will stabilize based on how much you're feeding. The only time you're going to see a huge population explosion is if you're either feeding too much or not keeping the tank clean enough.
 
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Good to know, thanks for the info. I'm probably going to get a freshwater lobster or something like that so if they do get out of control they'll get taken care of.
 
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Oh yeah ive heard of those, they burrow right? I was looking at the hillstream loaches because they are more available than soles, tonguefish ect. (all of which are best in brackish) ill look into those
 
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I have read some do like cooler water, but like I said I was just looking I hadn't decided. At this point I'm just looking for more exotic fish to stock my newest tank. some that will keep the bottom clean (flatfish don't eat algae I know this). I'm really just looking for a good online fish store at this point
 

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ThatOneAquarist said:
Good to know, thanks for the info. I'm probably going to get a freshwater lobster or something like that so if they do get out of control they'll get taken care of.
Lobsters would probably try to eat your fish, it's definitely risky if you ask me.


 

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The whole geophagus fish type takes sand in it's mouth all the time and stirs the sand up quite well. They don't burrow like the other fish you've mentioned, but unless you have 2"+ of sand they would do a good job of keeping it stirred up as well.
 

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What size tank do you have? Some Geophagus can get pretty large.
 
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It's a 55 gallon, I'll be sure to research what I get before I make any final decisions


 

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