Looking for a cute algae eater to keep your tank clean and beautiful? Panda Garras are a lovely alternative to the common pleco! These very active fish love to hang out around the front of the tank and show off their pretty panda-like patterns. Some have even been known to be so docile, they can be trained to eat out of your hand! Although they love to snack on the biofilm found in tank algae, they are not specific herbivores and would prefer a mixed diet including meaty foods such as blood worms and sinking dried products with ample vegetable matter.

*Panda Garras are a relatively peaceful fish – particularly towards anything smaller than them – but have been known to be aggressive towards fish resembling their own body shape. If you’re thinking of getting more than one of these cuties, it’s suggested to keep them in groups of 3-5 to minimize aggression (a tank size upgrade would also be in order). Otherwise, they make great tank mates for shrimp, snails, tetras, barbs or corys! 

Garra flavatra are the perfect fish for plant lovers; not only do they enjoy the scenery themselves, but they pose little risk to damaging, eating or uprooting the plants. They enjoy the view way too much to mess up all of your hard work! Some suitable plants for this fish include: Anubias barteri, Echinodorus bleheri, Cryptocoryne wendtii or any types of moss. They enjoy a hardness of around 36-215 ppm and prefer weekly water changes for a nice, clean tank environment. 

Pro tip: make sure to get a tight fitting lid! These fish like to use their mouths to climb the tank and have the ability to jump out if not properly enclosed. 

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