Bottom Feeder Foods are formulated for fish that occupy the lower regions of aquariums
Ghost shrimp are a great "outside of the box" bottom feeder. Unlike everything else on the list, they are not fish, but small arthropods. They are often sold as live aquarium food, but will get along well in a small aquarium with small, peaceful fish like neon tetras. Their care is almost identical to the neon tetra, despite their wildly different appearance. They will actively scavenge for leftover food, eating it before it rots.
Plecos are what most people think of when they think of bottom feeders. There are a number of very different fish in this family, ranging from a few inches to a few feet in length. You must be careful to avoid a species that will get too large for your tank. The bushy nose pleco (Ancistrus sp.) stays small enough for a 10-gallon aquarium and makes a great companion for neon tetras.
AQUARIUMS: Tropical freshwater fish profiles: Bottom feeders.
Fish & Aquarium Supplies: Bottom Feeder Food - Drs. Foster and Smith
Many people keep goldfish with tropical fish. This is NOT good for EITHER of the fish involved. Tropical fish require much more protein in their diet than goldfish, and require a higher temperature than a goldfish is comfortable at. A tank containing goldfish and tropical fish is hardly beautiful. Goldfish are slow movers, when watching a tank with a slow, massive goldfish and many lightning fast, slim bodied tropicals is hardly relaxing as an aquarium should be. Many people think ALL fish tanks require an algae eater or bottomfeeder, and so, add a Plecostomus. In the first place, goldfish tanks don't need a bottom feeder or algae eater. Goldfish hardly miss a bit of food, and will readily eat algae when they notice it. The greatest danger of keeping a Pleco in a fancy goldfish tank is the Pleco's love for the thick slime coating on a goldfish's body. Most often it's a vicious attack and the goldfish dies from the Pleco's assault. It's best for both types of fish if they have their own, comfortable environment to live in. The best set-up for goldfish is a single-species tank, though snails are fine, if you want a bit of diversity.These bottom feeders are going to eat all of the uneaten food that the other fish leave behind. It’s important to research your tank’s variables before just adding one of these catfish. Another amazing benefit to keeping them in aquariums is they eat all the uneaten fish food that sinks to the bottom. If that fish food were to just sit on the tank bottom.. it would create nitrates and in turn hurt your water parameters.The Pleco fish is super popular due to it’s scavenging hunger. It does great in fish aquariums! Mainly an algae eater but the Pleco will also feed on meaty foods. They are sometimes called the ‘garbage disposal’ due to the wide variety foods and clean up process they due on the bottom of fish aquariums.Feed them algae tablets right before your aquarium lights go off. This helps to rid other fish of stealing these algae tablets and eating them. Because remember the the tablets need to fall all the way to the bottom in order for the bottom feeder catfish to eat them. Other fish love to steal them when possible.