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ilovenickle
08-22-2006, 10:22 PM
I have a ten-gallon tank. I have three ebra danios, but I want five. Will this be okay? Should I get an algae eater?

DemonShark
08-22-2006, 11:48 PM
you can

kimmers318
08-23-2006, 11:59 AM
What type of algae eater are you considering? Common plecos get very large, much too big for a 10 gal. I believe the bristlenose plecos are okay for 10 gal getting around 4-6 inches, otos are recommended for an established aquarium only and some of the other smaller ones can get aggressive as they mature. Make sure you do your research well before adding an algae eater so you don't end up with something that won't work which becomes very disappointing.

DemonShark
08-23-2006, 01:52 PM
hes talking about a regular algae eater right?

kimmers318
08-24-2006, 11:59 AM
Many people have different fish when they talk about a "regular" algae eater...and alot of pet stores will sell people small common pleco's for a too small tank as an algae eater....I have acquired 1 large pleco, and one who is growing quite quickly from 2 different people because of this! Our 11 inch pleco was in a 55 gal and could barely turn around when we took him home...our little pleco was 31/2 inches July 4th from a 10 gal and has gained almost an inch and fattened up quite a bit since I took him.

DemonShark
08-24-2006, 12:23 PM
Holy smokes you could eat those fish lol

kimmers318
08-25-2006, 04:59 AM
Yes, we coul eat the 11 incher, but I think you might be seeing my post wrong...the other is 3.5 inches....looking at it now it looks like 31 inches!!!! UGH! I showed a pic to the lady that gave him to me tonight in front of the house he use to have and she couldn't believe it. Just for your viewing pleasure...here is "BB" the night I brought him home
http://i65.photobucket.com/albums/h216/kimmers318/pleco1.jpg

Here is about 1 week later in a 20 gal "Q" tank
http://i65.photobucket.com/albums/h216/kimmers318/plec3.jpg

And today pigging out on cucumber (mind you, this shot was necessary because she didn't believe that "BB" like cukes or zucchini!)
http://i65.photobucket.com/albums/h216/kimmers318/bb1.jpg
http://i65.photobucket.com/albums/h216/kimmers318/bb-1.jpg


This is a shot of our 11 inch pleco (minus the tail....11 inches!)
http://i65.photobucket.com/albums/h216/kimmers318/100_0925.jpg

DemonShark
08-25-2006, 10:32 AM
on the cucmber what is that pink thing? llooks like gum

kimmers318
08-25-2006, 12:06 PM
I used an old baby feeding spoon that has a rubber coating over the spoon part to be easy on a little ones mouth. As far as I know my fish don't care for gum! :o

William
08-25-2006, 04:56 PM
Yeah but your small one will grow larger than your large given a little time.

kimmers318
08-26-2006, 03:40 AM
That is why I have posted in several forums that he/she is free to a good home with a large enough tank. Our largest tank already has a pleco, the next largest doesn't need a pleco who is likely to knock over the rock structures, and my 64 gallon won't be big enough for long!

William
08-26-2006, 03:50 AM
Yes I know. I didn't mean to accuse you of anything.

There were supposed to be a smiley at the end of that post.

octony
08-26-2006, 04:06 AM
Wow my pleco is like a year old and only like 4 in.

I also have one in my 29 and it is like 5 in. , and I've only had him for about 4 months.

kimmers318
08-26-2006, 11:24 AM
Sorry, William, I didn't mean to sound like I felt you were accusing me anything :D . I took the poor guy because he was going to die in his previous surroundings and am logical enough to know he won't be able to stay with me forever unless I get a large enough tank....which I don't have the $$$ for anytime soon, and can't possibly figure out where I would put the darn thing!

William
08-26-2006, 03:45 PM
No prob. Just wanted to make sure that I hadn't offended you.

It looks much much better now than when you rescued it.

kimmers318
08-27-2006, 05:19 AM
Yes, it does, and thank you....I am a sucker for a "critter in need". It was actually kinda fun today when the previous owner stopped by for my Dad's bday party and I nudged him out of hiding so she could see him. I have just a little while ago finished cleaning up AFTER convincing a couple of drunks that jumping off of the roof into the pool was NOT a good idea! You may possibly remember that my father's cancer has spread to his brain, and these drunk idiots were re-hashing what it was like growing up with our family, and the pool that was here when we were kids...and the drunk night that my uncle (dad's brother) did just that...jumped into the pool from the roof. Thankfully I convinced them that the pool Dad had when we were kids at this very house was MUCH closer to the house, thus making jumping from the roof much safer!