All About Bottom Feeder Fish
Bottom feeder fish are, per their name, fish that feed from the bottom of a body of water, such as the ocean, a pond or even an aquarium.
These fish come in many shapes and sizes, and include shellfish, snails, starfish, stingrays and eels, though the most recognizable is probably the flatfish bottom feeder. These fish lie flat in the bottom of the water, usually buried in the sand, since that is where their food is. These fish do not gain sustenance from sand; the sand that is inevitably consumed with their food is typically expelled.
Some species of bottom feeder fish may eat only plant matter, while others are carnivorous, sometimes eating other bottom feeder fish.
Bottom feeder fish are popular in aquariums because they are seen as natural cleaners, consuming leftover organic matter and food that gather at the bottom of the tank. In private aquariums, catfish and loaches are popular choices for bottom feeders. Choosing such fish must be done thoughtfully because they may not mix well with the other fish in the aquarium. Take into consideration the other fish in the tank.
Depending on the type of bottom feeder fish you buy it may be on the expensive side so I would advise that if you can get some insurance on them the way you would get horse insurance for your horses.
Another thing to remember is that, bottom feeders will need to be fed fish food, too, don’t just assume they’ll be able to subsist on leftovers or whatever is in the bottom of the tank!
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