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Description: Silvery, thick-bodied fish with a long sickle-shaped dorsal fin – first ray not reaching back beyond middle of fin. It has a nipple-like projection at middle of lower lip when mouth is closed. Bottom-feeder – consumes attached algae and associated protozoans/crustaceans as well as immature aquatic insects/worms, and detritus. Rarely caught by anglers.
goldfish foods, carnivore foods (both prepared and live) and bottom-feeder foods.
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For community tanks, which are what most hobbyists keep or start out with, the basic staple flake fish food is what works best most of the time for most of the fish. It’s a good idea, however, to supplement basic flakes with some different “treats.” These provide nutritional diversity, and are available as flakes, pellets and sticks. In addition, foods can be whole, freeze-dried or frozen. The basic flakes provide the primary diet and the other foods round out the nutritional balance for most community tanks. But there are some specialized foods for different kinds of fish, which include vegetable foods, goldfish foods, carnivore foods (both prepared and live) and bottom-feeder foods. concluded that the marks were from an extinct bottom-feeding fish known as Notogoneus osculus.
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Common bottom-feeding animals include crabs, lobster and crayfish, shrimp, shellfish, sea anemones, snails, starfish and sea cucumbers. Some of these you’d eat, some you’d consider a delicacy and pay a small fortune to eat, and some you wouldn’t touch with a ten-foot pole!Very often, catfish and plecos are sold as “cleaning crews” for aquariums, giving the entirely wrong impression that these fish do not need to be fed. In fact, these fish will not exist merely by eating whatever “leftovers” there are from the rest of the fish in the tank. Cory catfish, loaches, plecos and other bottom-feeding fish need food specifically for them. In many cases, this can be much of the same foods fed to the rest of the fish in the tank — as long as the food sinks to the bottom. There also are a number of preparations that are specially designed and labeled as being for bottom feeders.The following seafood suggestions are adapted from the ultra-informative appendix to Bottomfeeder, in which Taras Grescoe shares his personal recommendations for sustainable fare. Grescoe's experience, drawn from "a decade of fish eating, and a year and a half of visiting markets and reading menus worldwide," is extremely helpful in explaining the sustainable way to enjoy those "sometimes" seafoods: the fickle favorites we can still enjoy eating, but under the proper circumstances.--The EditorsThese are the best bottom-feeder tablets that I have found. They are a bit softer than many and are easier for the fish to eat, especially when they are young. When I put these tablets in the tanks, along with a different brand (that are harder), they go for these first.Description: Thick-bodied fish with a small, thick-lipped mouth positioned near the underside of the head. Back not as elevated as in smallmouth buffalo. No barbels or heavy spines. Bottom-feeder, consumes invertebrates (e.g. zooplankton, insects, and small clams) and attached algae. Seldom caught by anglers.Description: A slender fish having a short, triangular-shaped dorsal fin, very small scales, and a long, pointed snout with “bumpy” lips. Bottom-feeder, primarily consuming immature aquatic insects. Seldom caught by anglers.