View Full Version : Small Pleco, Questions...

05-25-2008, 03:23 AM
So I was trying to find some kind of bottom feeder for my 20 gallon....I have 2 dwarf gouramis, 5 neon tetras and 5 green fire tetras. I don't want anymore oto's as they're pretty sensitive and I havent had the best of luck with them.

I saw a rubber lipped pleco and a bristle nose pleco at petsmart. They were pretty neat and didn't look too big. Would anyone recommend these for my tank or do I not have enough room. Or maybe a few cories would be better? They had some peppered cories there, they seemed to be smaller than the large bronze cories.

05-25-2008, 03:26 AM
Better choices for a 20 would be the corys,but if you could find a clown plec,they stay under 3" and would do well in a 20 provided they have some wood to eat and places to hide.

05-25-2008, 04:04 AM
Are you looking for something to clean up excess food on the bottom (that would be cories) or something to clean algae (otos or plecos)?

05-25-2008, 07:46 AM
I agree with Smaug... only pleco for a 20G is a clown pleco (L104) Panaque Maccus - put a piece of wood in and you can hear him rasping on it in the evening - I also find them quite cute here one of my little guys


05-25-2008, 08:01 AM
I would say BNs would go well in a 20!! Surely thats plenty of room for them. Also, they do not grow too big either!

05-25-2008, 08:45 AM
i would agree with either a bn or a clown pleco

Kaga's Kritters
05-25-2008, 01:15 PM
i dont know much about bn's but clowns are not good for eating algae, lol. i have 2 in my 29gal and rarely see them on the sides of the tank. they are good bottom feeders though. i agree though that either bn or clown pleco would be a good choice. you can do more research on the bn to see how good they are with algae and bottom feeding.

Lady Hobbs
05-25-2008, 01:19 PM
They might do that cleaning at night when you don't see them?

Kaga's Kritters
05-25-2008, 01:48 PM
i have read multiple places that clown plecos don't eat much algae.

05-25-2008, 04:18 PM
Mine really likes algae...he is a good algae eater and substrate cleaner but does need wood.

Wild Turkey
05-25-2008, 04:22 PM
Agree with the majority, corys are the best choice. Rubber lips are a little too big for a 20 at 5-6" max

05-25-2008, 05:58 PM
I think I might pick up a few of the peppered cories. Now that I thought more about it they'll probably work best. Plus I hate having just one of a species in the tank, I think every fish needs company....besides a betta. lol

05-25-2008, 09:59 PM
Coreys are awesome! Unfortuanatly at the moment mine isnt doing so good