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Thread: Small Plecos?

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    I would really like to get a pleco, but my tank is only 29 gallons. Obviously most plecos grow far too large for such a small tank, but I was wondering if anyone knew of a type of pleco that doesnít get as large and might be a good fit for a 29 gallon community tank?
    29 gal Freshwater community tank:
    1 African Butterfly Fish
    1 Royal Pleco
    1 Gold Gourami
    4 Ghost Catfish
    1 Kuhli Loach
    1 Upside Down Catfish
    3 Zebra Danios
    2 White Clouds
    2 Fresh Water Clams

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    Candy Stripe Plecos and Bristle nose catfish are the fish that pop to mind. I know there are others, but I can't think of them.
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    Yup, bristlenoses don't get too big for that size tank.

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    They are shy (at least mine is) and they do a good job with the algae.
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    I think you would be happy with a bristlenose

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    If you are looking for something more interesting, you can get an albino one.
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    What about a cat? otto, upside down, cory cat?

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    In my experience otto cats can't keep up with algae like a bristlenose can. Maybe if you have a dozen or so, but just a few probably won't help. I know 1 in my dwarf puffer tank doesn't do squat! My bristlie on the other hand is an algae machine! When I researched I looked for a small pleco that would continue to be a good algae eater even when it got older and the bristlenose is what I came up with. Another plus is the albino is supposed to stay a little smaller than the regular bristlenose.
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    Thanks for all the advice, I had a Chinese Algae Eater, but as he got larger he became aggressive. I also had a Hillstream Loach in my dwarf puffer tank, but it didnít last too long, the puffers left it alone, it just died. But it did a fantastic job on Algae and it looked really cool. I was also looking at a Twig Cat, but I heard they donít do a great job on algae and they are sensitive to water conditions. So I will definitely look into finding a Bristlenose Catfish? Are the candy strip plecos the same as an Imperial Zebra Pleco?
    29 gal Freshwater community tank:
    1 African Butterfly Fish
    1 Royal Pleco
    1 Gold Gourami
    4 Ghost Catfish
    1 Kuhli Loach
    1 Upside Down Catfish
    3 Zebra Danios
    2 White Clouds
    2 Fresh Water Clams

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    With common names it is hard to tell. A store, or supplier can label a fish with a name, sometimes it sticks....sometimes it doesn't. Try googling both common names and see if the other possibility shows up.
    Good luck, and let us know what you find/decide to get...esp if you find something that isn't as common in the stores.
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