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    I dunno where I got this list from but it is very helpful Maybe Keep it as a Sticky?

    1. Flash Pleco, L204- 5.2" 130mm
    2. Imperial Pleco, zebra pleco, L046, L098, L173- 3.2" 80mm
    3. clown pleco, Ringlet Pleco, L104, L162, LDA22- 4" 100mm
    4. Queen Arabesque Pleco L260~ 5" 125mm
    5. King Tiger Pleco, Network Pleco, Scribbled Pleco, L066- 4.8" 120mm
    6. Leopard Frog Pleco, L134 4.4" 110mm
    7. Bristlenose Catfish, Common Bristlenose Catfish, L?- 5" 125mm
    8. Green Pleco, Lemon spotted Green Pleco, L200- 7.2" 180mm
    9. Starlight Bristlenose Catfish, L183- 4.0" 100mm
    10. Para Pleco, L075, L124, L301, LDA02- 6" 150mm
    11. Hypancistrus sp. ,L333- 6" 150mm
    12. Butterfly Pleco, Flounder Pleco, L168- 5.6" 140mm
    13. Hemiancistrus sp. L128- 7.2" 180mm (Apparently some have seen this plec. reach 9 inches anyone else want to 2nd that?)
    14. Tiger ''Peckoltia'', L002, L074- 4" 100mm
    15. Candy Striped Pleco, L015- 4" 100mm
    16. Glyptoperichthys joselimaianus, L001, L022- 8" 200mm
    17. Angelicus Pleco, Portel Angelicus Pleco, L004, L005, L028, L073- 4" 100mm
    18. Chocolate Zebra Pleco, L270, L307, LDA76- 4" 100mm
    19. Medusa Pleco, L034- 8" 200mm
    20. Spotted Medusa Pleco, L255- 8" 200mm
    21. Dekeyseria sp., Butterfly Pleco, Flounder Pleco L052- 4.8" 120mm
    22. Pitbull Plec LDA25 - 2" 50mm
    23. Brown Dot Peckoltia, L006- 4" 100mm
    24. Leopard Peckoltia, L008- 3.2" 80mm
    25. Ancistrini sp. L016-6" 150mm
    26. Snowball Pleco (Hypancistrus sp.) L102- 6.4" 160mm
    27. Spotted Orange Seam Pleco L106- 6" 150mm
    28. Hypancistrus sp. L129- 2.8" 70mm
    29. Spectracanthicus sp. L254- 4.4" 110mm
    30. Panaque sp. L306, LDA64- 4.8" 120mm
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    This looks really helpful! Thanks for posting.
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    Is it? We got fish here with vastly different needs and temperaments. Some of which are readily available and some of which are more difficult to find and expensive like the zebra or misnamed and impossible to obtain like L016. It's also missing quite a few like all the otos and a number of smaller bristlenose. Oh, and L001 gets a lot bigger, it's at 12" one of the smaller Pterygoplichthys

    Just saying.

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    well the needs and temperaments part doesn't matter that's what research is for.

    I also didn't necessarily mean it was perfect but remember even though there might be some slightly smaller bristlenose and we know there are most of them are hybrids bred by enthusiasts and may not be readily available. those that aren't on the list feel free to add to the list we can keep a rolling of the smallest plecos

    and though L001 can get up to 12" more common is 8"
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    Quote Originally Posted by JoeH View Post
    well the needs and temperaments part doesn't matter that's what research is for.
    It is. And yet we have tons of Pterygoplichthys being sold as algae eaters for small community tanks.

    Sizewise these are always safe for a 30g and up:
    Peckoltia
    Panaqolus
    otocinclus
    Ancistrus
    Hypancistrus
    Chaetostoma

    You got species there from the 18 degrees hillstream that are mild mannered to 28degrees C that are rowdy amongst themselves.

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    Thanks for that list, dutchie...I am considering adding a few more plecos to my 40 gallon, and this will help narrow my search
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    Pretty cool list. If I would use it as a sticky it would have to be a bit more user friendly. Maybe hyperlink the species profile under the types and sort them by size, a distributor that is a trusted source that sells them, etc...

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    Sounds Good Sandz I will work on that today and if Tall Dutchie was to list those fish he considers should be in there I can get everything arranged decently and with links to their profiles
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    Oh and I will try to list them from smallest to largest
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    Good job Joe, I for one appriciate it since I usualy don't research pleco's very often.
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