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  1. Default Bushy Nose pleco vs. otos

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    I have a 29 gallon high tech planted tank. I have Guppies and Amano Shrimp in the tank. I want either a pleco or oto, that will not mess with the shrimp of baby guppies. I love the Long finned Albino Bushy Nose Pleco. I also love the small little otos. Here are my questons:
    1. how big do each fish get?
    2. Would either of them mess with my current inhabitants?
    3. Which would clean algae better?
    29 gallon High-Tech Specs
    96 watt Quad T5HO
    Pressurized CO2(1 bps)
    Black flourite sand (60 lbs)
    I have 8 adult guppies, and an insane amount of babies
    Crazy High plant load (Jungle!)

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    otos would be smaller, not mess with your stock and eat more algae. the bns might take down a shrimp or 2 when they are older
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    how big do the oto's get, and do they eat hair algae?
    29 gallon High-Tech Specs
    96 watt Quad T5HO
    Pressurized CO2(1 bps)
    Black flourite sand (60 lbs)
    I have 8 adult guppies, and an insane amount of babies
    Crazy High plant load (Jungle!)

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    Not sure but the ABN should reach 4".

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    Otos would reach a maximum of 2 inches, although most I've seen are around 1.5 inches. They will not consume hair algae though.

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    Amano shrimp usually eat hair algae.... how many do you have?

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    Yep, Otos only get about 1.5-2", but you're going to want to keep a school of them. Great little algae eaters, but they're very shy. I think the more entertaining of the two is definitely the BN pleco. I love my little Otos, but they're just not as showy. Both tanks I have w/ Otos and/or BNs are pretty much algae free and I don't have to scrape the sides. The tank w/out any requires weekly/bi-weekly maintenance.
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    BN pleco's are generally MUCH hardier than oto's, those only really thrive in larger well-established planted tanks from what I've gathered. A single BN would be fine in a 29, and won't bother shrimp of any size.

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    Bristlenose plecos are a lot more entertaining and visible than ottos. I've never known a bristlenose to attack anything else in the tank.They don't seem to even notice their tank mates most of the time. Neither bristlenose nor ottos will eat hair algae. As pointed out by someone else, ottos really need to be kept in a group.


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    I'd go with Otos. I have 3 Otocinclus vittatus in my 20 gallon. Its usually recommended to have at least 3-6 as they're quite shy and like being around others of their kind. I occasionally see them swimming around eating algae, diatoms are their favorite. O. vittatus only grows to a max of 2". They're cute little fish and can vary quite a bit in the intensity of their spots and how dark they are. I have one that's nearly black and another that's a very light gray. They don't need a heavily planted tank, my 20 gallon has no plants at all, but they do need some sort of cover. Pieces of driftwood with darker areas for them to hide generally keep them happy. I'm not sure if this is the norm with every Oto but it seems that mine are generally more nocturnal. They're usually out and about more at night and tend to stay behind the large piece of driftwood during the day. Like plecos they do produce quite a bit of waste but of course its considerably less.
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