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I have 30 platy fry in a 5 gallon aquarium and they are with a snail. I was wondering if their some kind of fish or crustacean that could eat the flakes that fall to the bottom. But i want it to be peacefull and not eat the fry. I was thinking amani shrimp but they might eat the fry. Any suggestions?
 

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I have 9 guppy fry in a shrimp tank for over a week and so far the shrimp have left them alone. When I read up on shrimp the sites indicated that shrimp do not go after any fry but I did see a video of a ghost shrimp eating a fry. You could try cory catfish instead.
 

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The minimum tank size for cories is 10 gal and I think 20, and they need to be kept in groups, I experimented once with putting 2 in a 5 gal and they wither away slowly, but luckily I put them into my bigger planted tank.
 

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I would not worry to much about having to have something to clean the tank. Just be careful how much you feed the fry-small amount 2-3 times a day or so. You can still vacuum the tank if you are careful. I do it with my shrimp/guppy tank with 9 fry.
 

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I have 30 platy fry in a 5 gallon aquarium and they are with a snail. I was wondering if their some kind of fish or crustacean that could eat the flakes that fall to the bottom. But i want it to be peacefull and not eat the fry. I was thinking amani shrimp but they might eat the fry. Any suggestions?
You should get a smaller type of shrimp just be safe, such as red cherry shrimp, blue velvet shrimp or yellow shrimp etc.
 

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If there is uneaten food on the bottom of the tank, siphon it out. Airline tubing can be used in a tank with fry. To start the siphon just fill it with water at the tap, carry it to the tank then with a finger over each end, lower one end in the tank, the other into a bucket then take your fingers off the ends. Air line tubing sucks water and debris out slowly so the fry don't get sucked up.
Or use a turkey baster to remove the food.
 
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I do both of those already i was just wondering if their was an alternative but thanks for the feedback.
 

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If there is uneaten food on the bottom of the tank, siphon it out. Airline tubing can be used in a tank with fry. To start the siphon just fill it with water at the tap, carry it to the tank then with a finger over each end, lower one end in the tank, the other into a bucket then take your fingers off the ends. Air line tubing sucks water and debris out slowly so the fry don't get sucked up.
Or use a turkey baster to remove the food.
I always use a turkey blaster hen my fry are small. I keep a bare bottom and super easy to syphon our with the baster.
 
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