While they are in fact the freshwater aquarists’ cleaning crew, they’re not just the cleaning crew! Each of these is special in it’s own right. While all of them are to some extent opportunistic ominvores, some are actually predators.
Below, , a very young Adonis plecostomus (Acanthicus adonis), a Spotted Raphael Catfihs (Agamyxis pectinifrons), juvenile Pictus cats (Pimelodus pictus), whiptail catfish (Rineloricaria parva), sub-adult albino long-finned Bristlenose plecos (Ancistrus sp.) and a number of otos (Otocinclus affinis) all jockey for their positions at the bottom of a community aquarium.