View Full Version : Green Phantom(l200) VS Starlight BN(l183) Help deciding

06-15-2013, 01:19 AM
I'm looking for a pleco in my 55 gallon and I am deciding between these two.
Here are the prices:

L183: $40

L200: $60

Stocking: 5 zebra loach, 8 neon rainbowfish, 1 pearl gourami, 4 Madagascan rainbowfish, 1 temporary regular BN pleco.

Temp: 77
PH: 7.5

I am looking for which is more beneficial. Thank you.

06-15-2013, 04:02 AM
If anyone has experience with these it would be helpful :D

06-15-2013, 05:52 AM
L183 is Ancistrus dolichopterus or a bristlenose to you. You already know if that works. L200.. difficult to say without seeing the tank. With loaches already in there you may well never see it.

06-15-2013, 06:03 AM
Based on what I know about bn plecos in general it seems like they will be more beneficial for algae and cleanup while I have an L200 in a 55g and he/she just sort of grazes on algae when ever it feels like it, not a very good algae eater but still a very beautiful fish. Also my L200 is much more active then the bn I used to own.
Also the L200 will get larger then the L183

06-15-2013, 06:33 AM
Is this a "I need an animal to control my algae" thread? Nah... loller knows better than that.

06-15-2013, 03:44 PM
@Tall: Not really. There's not much of an algae problem, but I still need an pleco that will eat algae. Oh, and my zebra loaches aren't in any hint aggressive. They swim along with the other fish in the tank and arent even aggressive during feeding like they used to be. The only reason I really considered l200 is because I read they can be pretty aggressive if they need to. I was also told at the LFS that they are good for eating algae.

So the l183 it is, thanks for the advice.

06-15-2013, 04:25 PM
Yeah, best choice if you're looking for an attractive bottom dweller that also happens to enjoy algae. Do realize that in a week or two you'll need to feed it. As they grow they'll live happily on hikari algae wafers and whatever flake they can scrounge. Once they reach near adulthood they will enjoy a cory wafer or some live or frozen food once or twice a week. And, like any bristlenose, they love fresh veg.

Do provide it with some space to hide though, if they don't have that they can become really stressed.

06-16-2013, 03:29 AM
I feed Hikari wafers on a daily basis to my loaches and the tank has PLENTY of hiding spots and caves. Thanks for all the help though :D