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YaYgoldFish
05-22-2007, 10:06 PM
My common pleco just died (unknown reason) and i was wondering what was the best algae eating pleco. It doesn't matter how big he gets, or what he looks like...any suggestions?

Drumachine09
05-22-2007, 10:14 PM
My common pleco just died (unknown reason) and i was wondering what was the best algae eating pleco. It doesn't matter how big he gets, or what he looks like...any suggestions?


Well, with a 25 gallon tank, there are only two that i know of. Bristle nosed and rubber nosed (lipped)

YaYgoldFish
05-22-2007, 11:19 PM
Yes but it doesn't mather how big they get since i have freinds wanting big plecos that they don't want to pay like 30+ dollars for them so..

Drumachine09
05-22-2007, 11:23 PM
Well, if you want a big pleco, be prepared to do 75% water changes twice a week, plus risk a large mini-cycle upon adding them.

cocoa_pleco
05-22-2007, 11:52 PM
not worth getting a big pleco. rubberlips are the best

YaYgoldFish
05-22-2007, 11:55 PM
well i would probably be buying him small...

cocoa_pleco
05-23-2007, 12:03 AM
trust me, its not worth it. I used to breed plecos, and raise them to sell. I had 2 5" commons i took care of since birth in my old 33g and a baby clown pleco i bought. Once, i found a common with literally 3 feet of waste still stuck to him. It was allover the tank. You definitely are best to go with a small one like a bristle or rubber

kimmers318
05-23-2007, 03:54 AM
I have had a couple of bristlenose plecos and can attest to the fact that those guys NEVER stop eating algae!
Has anyone had bristle nose and rubberlips for approximately the same time frame to compare their algae eating capabilities? I have heard that many pleco's will stop eating algae after a certain age/size. Since I have only ever had bristlenose I don't have a comparison.

cocoa_pleco
05-23-2007, 03:58 AM
I once had a rubberlip and bristle, and they all switched only to algae wafers. All my plecos pretty much only wanted wafers

gbbudd
05-23-2007, 04:02 AM
i have kept the yellow pelco two of them to be exact in a 92 gallon aquaria in a year and a half they are now only about 3" and i believe there max size is no more the 4 to 5 " there in a heavily planted tank though they do stur things up from time to time it's never to the point i need to re organize