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Best small pleco for algae?

Hey Everyone,

I recently made a big lighting upgrade, and as result also made a big algae upgrade...so now I also need an algae eater upgrade...

I have a 30gal with driftwood and moderate planting and would really like to get one of the smaller plecos or even one of the Loricaria sp. I have my eye on a clown pleco at Petco (the only fish store around) but heard they may not be the best option for specifically eating algae. Just wondering what you guys think the best fish would be for helping keep algae particularly off the plant leaves and glass?

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post #2 of 14 (permalink) Old 06-24-2010, 11:48 PM
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albino bushynose
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post #3 of 14 (permalink) Old 06-25-2010, 02:42 AM
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Bristlenose will outgrow a 30 too quickly IMO. I have "pitbll plecos", parotocinclus sp.(not really plecos), in a 20 and they are the best algae eaters I have. Max at a bit over 2". If you can find them they'd be a good choice.
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Rubberlip ?
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My clown stays hidden 24/7. Chews the hell out of my DW too lol
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No it won't I've had one in my 29 for 3 years.
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I agree w/ F22, a lot of different Ancistrus sp. stay around 4", and they usually aren't too rough on most plants IME
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Its not like a snow king or a gibbiceps, or even a royal, they will fair quite well I'm sure.
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Agree, BNs are the best, look at Debbies BNs on this forum.
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Long fin BN plecos are simply gorgeous. My favorite pleco!

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Skip the pleco. Get some Otos.

Check out this thread for other ideas on how to control algae:

http://www.plantedtank.net/forums/al...e-control.html
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lol, how did none of us suggest that earlier?
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Thanks for the ideas guys. I have a few otos in there already and was just wanting a little more variety. I'll def look into the bushynose, but has anyone had experience with loricaria cats? I know they"ll probly get too big, but for some reason Petco has a few and I was just curious...
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Thanks for the ideas guys. I have a few otos in there already and was just wanting a little more variety. I'll def look into the bushynose, but has anyone had experience with loricaria cats? I know they"ll probly get too big, but for some reason Petco has a few and I was just curious...

my LFS actually has otocinclus niger's in stock. awesome little guys. Look like you average otto, but brown, smaller, and with some extra fins. they actually look more like a pleco than an otto.

microlepidogaster leucifrenata is the latin name in case you have a LFS that can order.
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