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aquahead1
03-29-2013, 01:31 PM
What the heck?! How does this thing (http://www.petco.com/product/114415/Borneo-Sucker.aspx) not grow past 8"? If this pleco really only gets up to 4", I'm going with that!

Plecos are cool, but most are too large for me. The smaller ones are super expensive as well, but this little guy seems legitimate.

madagascariensis
03-29-2013, 01:36 PM
It's not really a pleco catfish but a type of loach adapted to rapids. This it will need cool, well oxygenated flowing water.

aquahead1
03-29-2013, 01:38 PM
Oh, so it's a loach? By cool do you mean like 77 degrees Fahrenheit?

Are there any more fish that look like plecos and can live in 75-80 degree water?

Gesp56
03-29-2013, 01:45 PM
More like 64-72 F Plus they need a very strong flow. Uhm I really can't think of anything for you.. Maybe a catfish? Oil Catfish, or Honeycomb catfish are a very interesting species. http://www.seriouslyfish.com/species/centromochlus-perugiae/

aquahead1
03-29-2013, 01:47 PM
Are there any fish that don't grow past 5" and have a sucker mouth? All of the "dwarf" plecos I've researched are super expensive.

talldutchie
03-29-2013, 02:34 PM
Pleco is common english for fish in the Loricariidae genus. In there you also find fish like the otocats. There's some peckoltia species that don't get too big and are relatively easy to keep. I keep a dwarf variety of the well known bristlenose, Ancistrus Claro but I understand that's difficult to find in your country.

Borneo sucker is indeed a hill stream loach. One of the omst mistreated species in the trade, many only last 3 months because people don't know/are unwilling to keep it properly. Doing a dedicated biotope for it is high on my someday list. They mix well with whiteclouds and with some ingenuity you could build a biotope-like setup in a 20 gallon long.

aquahead1
03-29-2013, 09:11 PM
Okay, I see the clown pleco eats driftwood, but is it easy to keep? I can easily get driftwood from my LFS, but are there any plecos that don't require wood? My guidelines for plecos or any suckermouth fish:

1. Not aggressive. (Community Fish & Peaceful)
2. Is an herbivore (that preferably eats zucchini).
3. Doesn't grow past 5".
4. Is strictly freshwater.

Are there any suckermouth fish that fit the above guideline?

funkman262
03-29-2013, 11:39 PM
Pitbull and rubberlip plecos stay small. All plecos benefit from driftwood, but clown plecos need it to survive.

talldutchie
03-30-2013, 06:53 AM
Those two are an option but tend to prefer water a bit colder, say about 23c.
Most "pleco" are easy to keep if you're skilled enough to keep your water clean and dedicated enough to do a bit of research

What's wrong with a bristlenose?

aquahead1
03-30-2013, 05:55 PM
@talldutchie

Do BN plecos get huge (over 5")? Do they require cold water? Are they herbivores?

talldutchie
03-30-2013, 06:42 PM
Herbivores. Most common varieties max out at about 4 inch. Vegetarian as they grow up, once they reach adulthood they will appreciate the occasional bit of frozen food.

aquahead1
03-30-2013, 10:52 PM
Again, do they require/prefer cold water?

talldutchie
03-31-2013, 06:07 AM
21-26C.

Again, you are allowed to do your own research you know and there is no need to snap at me.

aquahead1
03-31-2013, 01:29 PM
Sorry talldutchie. I'll do my own research...