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What Plecs are compatible
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astrofed
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PostPosted: 2003.09.05(Fri)22:55    Post subject: What Plecs are compatible Reply with quote

Hi everyone, I was wondering if anyone out there could tell me what kind of pleco type fish could I put in my tank. You see I already have a bristle nose plec who is a gorgeous little creature but would like to introduce another species of plec. I am not sure which ones are compatatble withh my bristle nose (I mean won't fight with her) and one that does not grow to big. Can anyone please help?????? I would greatly appreciate it!

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Oh and yeah I have a 40 litre tank
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Dent
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PostPosted: 2003.09.05(Fri)23:59    Post subject: Reply with quote

What about another bristlenose? You say "her", so what about a male?
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PostPosted: 2003.09.06(Sat)0:32    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well, a 40 liter tank isn't very large and you probably have other fish in there too. I wouldn't recommend adding another pleco to this tank because they poop a lot and adding another could throw the tank off balance. In my opinion they aren't terribly active, but do need room to roam. Male plecos might fight over territory, even in larger tanks, and they're difficult to sex when they're young. I'd consider taking the pleco back to the store and exchange him for one or two otos instead.

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PostPosted: 2003.09.06(Sat)21:07    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for the replies guys....but you see I want another species of pplec you see. I don't really want to get another bristlenose if possible...anyone got any other suggestions?

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PostPosted: 2003.09.06(Sat)21:19    Post subject: Reply with quote

I agree with Dawn. Your tank really is too small for a single bristlenose.

If you really want small plecos, zebras might be more your style. But be prepared to pay for such cuties!
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PostPosted: 2003.09.06(Sat)21:21    Post subject: Reply with quote

while we're on the subject, are there any other "common" plecos that stay small like the bristlenose? or are most of them "fancy" like the zebra?
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PostPosted: 2003.09.07(Sun)14:42    Post subject: Reply with quote

most of them are fancy, although someone more common is the clown plec, which stays about 3" long, though does look like a head with fins when it gets older.

otherwise you could try flash or queen arabesque which both stay under the 4" mark...
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PostPosted: 2003.09.08(Mon)3:26    Post subject: Reply with quote

for a 40L what your filtration ? my sisters is 1 fulval1 and 1 fluval2
so it depends but with more wood you might just (JUST) get away with
a clown plec. They got lots of charecter and are good cleaners or if not a plec sucking loach are great algae eaters and they look great hope this helps
ps you will need more wood or caves if you have two plecs also amazons
are a fav among loach and small plecs.
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PostPosted: 2003.09.08(Mon)10:44    Post subject: Reply with quote

Dawn wrote:
In my opinion they aren't terribly active, but do need room to roam.

Dawn, you sure you're just not at the tank at the right time?
I have staged lighting thats shuts off one light on the tank prior to the others. As soon as light one goes off at 11pm then the plecos behaviour radically changes.

IME plecos, when kept at proper GH and KH levels are as active as tetras in the evening and early morning...

I keep Clown and bristlenoses and never subject either species to anything less than 20g tanks.
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