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Bottom Feeders for 10gallon tank?
Hi. I'm new here. I have a new (cycled) 10gallon tank. I have just recently added 1 Honey Sunset Gourami and 3 Long Fin Red Minor Tetras. The lady at Petsmart told me that 3 would be enough, but I was under the impression that I needed at least 5 or 6 for them to be happy. I can add a few more if need be, I just want to wait a week or so.
I would like to add a bottom feeder as well, but I need some advice on that. Once again Petsmart told me that I could add two cory catfish as well as 3 or 4 other fish. I feel like she was telling me to add way too many fish. I would be fine with adding shrimp or a mystery snail, but I keep being told that they will climb up and out of my tank if it has any openings in hood. It does. There is a opening for the filter, heater cord, and the tube for my airstone. I don't know if or how I would be able to close that off. I think the snail or shrimp would be best because they are a lot smaller and I don't want too many fish. But I don't want them escaping...I'm sure my cats would be on them in a flash if they were to get out.
Is there any bottom feeding fish that I could put in there to eat the food that gets to the bottom of the tank? (that isn't going to overcrowd my tank?) I do plan on vacuuming frequently but I just thought a bottom feeder would also help. Also there are several places to hide at the bottom of the tank and it has a lot of plants(fake)
Sorry for all the questions...I just thought a second opinion to Petsmart would be nice.