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Subject: Bottomsucker

Dear Aquariaman,

I have a little one gallon bowl with colored rock and bought one

bottomsucker. This fish has been in the tank for one week. Seems

happy. Moves around. I have fed him goldfish food, very little, once a


How do I care for him and change the water?



Dear Tom,

A “Bottomsucker” can be many different things. Your fish will probably

enjoy food that is in “pellet” form. I suggest you go to a local pet store

and tell them your situation. They will suggest a good food for you.

Probably a spirulina or brine shrimp based pellet.

In regard to water changes, you should change the water once each week for

the first six weeks. After that, change your water (50% each time) once

every two weeks. Depending on what type of fish you have, he may outgrow

your bowl very quickly.

I hope this answers your questions. Happy fishkeeping!



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