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I am wondering if there is a species of fish that are scavengers and will eat fish poop.Gross I know.

I was thinking this,because I have goldfish and they are quite messy fish in general.It would be neat to have a scavenger fish that could live with the goldies and would eat poop...it would help me out big time!! :D

So do any of you know of any?
 

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Corys....they eat anything and everything ... I have 4 or 5 ~ too much hiding places for me to count!
 

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Nope. Regardless of what petstores claim, there aren't any poop-eating fish (or at least none usually seen in the pet trade).

Cory cats do not eat feces...they eat un-eaten food but still need their diets supplemented. My cories are fed bloodworms, algae wafers, krill, vegetables, etc.
 

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I remember for the LONGEST time I thought that cories ate fish poop,because thats what I always heard.Upon further research I found out that is not the case.

Oh well...that sucks!It was worth a try.

Oh I do not listen to what pet store employees say anyway.I found out recently one store will not sell you any plecos,unless you have alot of algae in your tank.

 

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Oh I do not listen to what pet store employees say anyway.I found out recently one store will not sell you any plecos,unless you have alot of algae in your tank.
Wow. What idiots. I guess that when the poor plecos starve to death new ones will be bought so in the end they make more money...:rolleyes:.

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Wow. What idiots. I guess that when the poor plecos starve to death new ones will be bought so in the end they make more money...:rolleyes:.

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Yep.It is sad.Plecos do not just eat algae,so when someone goes in to buy one and the stupid employess won't sell them because the customer has "no algae" in the tank,thats just sad.

I am suprised tho,because you would think they would want money! By not selling plecos,they lose out money.
 

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Corys....they eat anything and everything ... I have 4 or 5 ~ too much hiding places for me to count!
Definately NOT.
I have 2 corydoras.

Sasami already answered the question though.
& I knew that about plecos too.Poor plecos :(
You just have to get a wicked good filter :lol:
& Do partial changes religiously ;).
 

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Fiddler crabs might work. I never had one my self, but crabs eat alot of different things. Does your goldfish have long fins though? If it does the crab might eat it too... Uh oh! I fust use a syphen that has a gravel vacuum type thing at the end and it works better than bottom feeders cause it gets all the debris out of the gravel. And you don't have to keep it alive, wich is good if your like me cause my bottom feeders always die mysteriously.... :D
 

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Melissa - Yeah,I do that anyway.I make sure my fish have clean water all the time and do water changes all the time becaue goldfish are really messy fish and I have fancy varieties which can become ill quickly if not in good conditions.Goldfish are some of the dirtiest fish ever!

I was just hoping there was a fish I didn't know about that ate poop,because it would help me out alot!

Jess - I do have long finned godlies.My sarassa comet is pretty large and has long flowy fins and then I also have 2 orandas,a celestial and a lionhead.I also have 2 common goldfish,but they have short fins.

So a crab would not be good in my tank.Plus those little freshwater crabs you see in pet stores,they are fiddler crabds I believe...well they need brackish water and my goldies do not.
 

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You know whats also sad about the plecos is that the pet stores sell them when they are very small....and leave out a very important detail on their monstrous size that they will eventually become...and the new owners never bother to research or even buy larger tanks to accommodate these poor creatures...i knew one person that had a 15in in a ten tank tank~!!! i kid you not:mad2:
 

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Whoa yeah, I had a pleco once and he got HUGE. I had to feed him lots of veggies and stuff, and got him his own tank when he outgrew the one he was in. I didn't know they got that big when I first got him. He was really kewl though, his name was "Fluffy" :D
 

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Oh yeah! Thats another fact they just have to "leave out"! Plecos get huge!! They also do not tell people that Chinese algae eaters get big and aggressive too.They just have to leave things...important things like that out. :mad2:

I have a small common pleco right now.He is only a couple of inches yet,but he is in a 29 gallon right now.

I want to get a bristlenose or a clown pleco too.
 

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pet stores seem to "leave out" a lot of info...
 

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pet stores seem to "leave out" a lot of info...
:( Ya they really do: one store told me I could keep 6 goldfish in a 5 gallon tank a few years ago! All of them died exept 1 and I still have her.
 

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:( Ya they really do: one store told me I could keep 6 goldfish in a 5 gallon tank a few years ago! All of them died exept 1 and I still have her.
The MINIMUM for a single goldfish is 20 gallons. I don't know why petstores wouldn't want to tell people that, they would sell a whole lot more tanks that way.

Lucky for me I have 3 awesome local fish stores here with knowledgeable staff (in SW, FW & BW). I absolutely refuse to buy a fish (or pet) from a pet supply store where they will just hire whoever off the street. The care your fish receives prior to you taking it home has a lot to do with how successful you will be with keeping your fish alive.

As for bottom feeders that eat only poop, I don't know of any. Goldfish are one of the dirtiest fish too...hmmmmm, perhaps vacuuming weekly along with weekly water changes and 2 filtration sources (like waterfall and underground) would help. Do you have any snails??
 

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I'm glad you pointed out the 20 gals per goldfish rule.
When I first got into fish keeping a few years back
I failed to research& just went by what I was told :cover: (NEVER AGAiN!!!).
That's why I don't have goldfish @ the moment.
I don't have room to have a big aquarium with everything else I got.
(needs to wait till I move...then i'm just going with a pond).

Snails are kinda sorta messy :p
I have 1 in with my betta,platys,& corydoras:p I love him though.:heart:

I wonder though,if you used an undergravel filter Lisa,since you werent into planted aquaria (though I kept saying it rocks& probably drove you from ever considering it :giggle: ),you don't have to worry about plants.(as I do,that type of filter might butcher my plants).
So an undergravel filter& the filter you have now might help.
Also for goldfish,I would use the same rule that applies to turtles.Great filtration.GREAT filtration.So whatever tank size,get a filter made for a bit bigger.
Might work?
 

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I don't know if an UGF would really help much. You'd have to vacuum the gravel constantly to prevent clogging...seems like it would just make more work.

I would go with a good canister filter rated for a larger tank then the one you have plus a good HOB filter to help :). Even if you aren't into plants try and get some hardy floating ones as they help sooo much.

And of course do plenty of water changes :).

I wouldn't recommend snails...they don't eat poop either and many species are pretty messy. They are handy in that they'll eat un-eaten food and algae but that's not your problem.
 

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Nope,no snails.I thought I was going to be overrun with those tiny ramshorn or whatever they are called that were on my live plants.But they all dissappeared,so either they all died or my goldies ate them.

Melissa - Just curious,why do you think I don't want a planted tank??? I never said that.I have plants in my tanks! :confused:I have both live and plastic plants!!



 

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Oh I know nothing about UGF,I thought it would help :(
But what you said Sasami,makes sense.
Bad suggestion on my part :cover:

I -thought- you werent interested in planted tanks.
My bad,my really really bad.
 

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Oh I know nothing about UGF,I thought it would help :(
But what you said Sasami,makes sense.
Bad suggestion on my part :cover:

I -thought- you werent interested in planted tanks.
My bad,my really really bad.
No,it's okay! I do like planted tanks,but maybe you got mixed up...because for awhile I was only using plastic plants and didn't want live plants.So maybe you just assumed that I didn't like live plants...it's alright.It's all good.

But now I have both live and plastic! :D
 
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