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    Hey all!

    I'm looking for a Pleco but need some advice (well a lot of advice lol).

    The extent of my knowledge on Plecs are kinda limited, I know theres a numbering system and what not but a common name would help too if you guys have them (I guess some don't even have a common name???)

    I need a Plec that can fit in a 40G tank.

    The Tankmates are a school of tiger barbs (so nothing with a long fin I guess, or else they'll be nipped). A red tail shark, and a convict.

    I know this pic is awful but heres the tank: http://i28.photobucket.com/albums/c2...11202422-1.jpg

    The thing on the left is not real wood but the RTS pretty much owns in. The driftwood on the right is real driftwood and isn't really owned by any of my fish... the convict occasionally swims under it and the RTS sometimes on top but not really. So while there is open property in the tank I'll probably add some more so that the Plec can run that nice piece of driftwood!


    So with the information included does anyone know a few Plecos I can look at? I know the Zebra but I think they need real food (like meat) compared to a mostly flake diet. But how big they get? I know they are small. I also know the [albino] bristle-nose which I also believe stays around 5 inches? (a little bigger than the zebra??) anything else out there???

    thanks guys!
    RIP Shark Bait, my Red Tail Shark :(

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    IMO you should just get a BN or albino BN Pleco. Why do you want a Pleco algae control or just for looks?
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    Quote Originally Posted by MLBfan
    Why do you want a Pleco algae control or just for looks?
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    I dont think I have a big algae issue, but I'm staying to think I have a little bit... so something that can mostly bottom feed, flake feed
    RIP Shark Bait, my Red Tail Shark :(

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    Just out of curiosity have you priced the zebra?

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    +1 to Cm25fl

    They are pretty pricey and not always readily available
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    If you think you may have an algae problem, how about some flying foxes or otto's. I went my first 7 years in this hobby with nothing but a few corys in one tank. I had no bottom feeders at all other than some shrimp.

    I have 3 bristle nose in my blood parrot tank and don't have a reason for having them other than I like them. They suck on the wood all day and I never see them cleaning any glass.

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    hi i would think after looking at your tank a clown plec. bristlenose plec .gold marble bristlenose plec. sizes between 2 to 5 ins which would be ok in your tank hope i have helped you

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    Yea I've only seen one place that has them and it was 450$!! I mean I love fish but damn that's a car payment! Lol

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    A rubbernose pleco would fit your tank size as they also stay fairly small. They are becoming more readily available, even at larger box stores.

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