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    Default Craving for a BN pleco, is it raisonnable?


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    Hello,

    I would like to add a BN Pleco to my community.
    I know I am 97% stocked right now according to aqadviser.com and getting the pleco would get me to 110%, but it'll be for a few months only as I am budgeting for a 50+ gallons tank, so probably 3 or 4 months before set up.
    I keep my tank very well, i believe, keep the nitrate down to between 5 to 10 ppm by doing 2 water changes of 25% each a week and I don't mind doing some extras if necessary.
    Also would it be OK at pH 7.8?
    What do you guys think, will it be too much even for a few months or can I make it?
    Thanks.

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    IMO I would wait for the larger tank - why overstock even for a short amount of time - plecos produce lots of waste.

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    Probably right. What's the tank stocking and decor?

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    Was afraid you'd say that :-(
    My stock is 17 bloodfins, 7 corys panda, 3 nerites.
    Sand, driftwoods, planted (java fern, anubias, compacta, apogenon, crypt), amphora and cave.
    AC 70 for filter, 29 gallons rectangular standard.

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    Well then, it's a good thing you asked huh? You are wise for asking before purchasing! It's amazing how many fish some people think they can stuff into a tank - many impulse buys - not a good idea!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Delphe View Post
    Was afraid you'd say that :-(
    My stock is 17 bloodfins, 7 corys panda, 3 nerites.
    Sand, driftwoods, planted (java fern, anubias, compacta, apogenon, crypt), amphora and cave.
    AC 70 for filter, 29 gallons rectangular standard.
    Tank decor and tank mates won't be an issue. The bloodfins are too clever to mess with an Ancistrus. The cories tend to be easy going. However, as you suspected, you're already pretty much at your stocking limit. It could work, especially with your water changing regimen but realistically, you're already leaving yourself with 0 room for error.

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    Conventional wisdom suggests that all the advice you've been given is sound. However, I'll be the dissenting voice here LOL. I have 8 colombian tetra, 6 serpae tetra, 6 cories, 1 DW gourami and 3 snails in a 30 gallon along with an albino BN pleco. For the past 3 months, it's also been temporarily housing a 3 inch Electric Blue Jack Dempsey until he gets a little more growth on him. The tank, however, is well established - a year old. It's in perfect harmony and health with plenty of filtration and established beneficial bacteria. Like you, I keep up with my water changes and keep nitrates in check. It's all about taking care of the water.
    Granted, you'd be pushing it a bit but if your tank is mature and healthy and you have at least double filtration for the tank size, I think you could add a baby BN - especially considering you plan to transition to a larger tank at some point. By the time he gets any growth on him, you'll be set up and ready. My little BN makes my tank - so I can see why you have a hankering to get one.
    Good luck whatever you decide
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