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In my 37 gallon tank, I have the following fish:

1 Red-Tailed Black Shark
7 Tiger Barbs
2 Green Tiger Barbs
2 Black Fin Corys
2 Common Plecos

Now, I'm noticing A LOT of poop on the floor of my tank and since I really don't have all that many fish for the size of my tank and since I don't feed them all that much, I suspect that the plecos are the primary culprits. So what I'm wondering is, is it possible to have plecos in a 100% planted tank, or do they poop so much that they require frequent gravel vacs (which is what I'm having to do now and which would be impossible with a 100% planted tank like I want)?

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Well, plecos are as poopy as goldfish, maybe more. The real problem with common plecos in a planted tank is THEY WILL TEAR UP YOUR TANK!! They chew the tougher plants, uproot others with their tails, and eventually get so big they will just squash everything else. Assuming any plants actually make it that long. AND, after they reach about 5" or so, they really don't eat algae anyways.

The barbs may nip at your plants too, but don't really produce that much more waste than the other fishies, and if your plants grow quickly, no bid deal.

Get the plecos a new home...just my $.02.

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Actually, I belive common plecos get closer to 16 inches.. but there are plenty of dwarf speices that would stay small enough for that tank, and less poopy
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Common plecos can get up to 24" long. I just meant that by the time they are only 5-6" algae is not the preferred diet. They need more carnivorous fare.

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