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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 02-06-2013, 04:14 AM Thread Starter
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Question for all you Pleco people

What pleco species work in a planted tank? Also, note what size they get, as I feel anything smaller than 5" might be too small for my tank (my 75 is the thing in question). Used to have a common species that only got to 7" in 5 years time, but that died after Sandy and all that madness. I'm looking for something that can clean up a bit of algae and detritus, and also just look cool (since I do like the appearance of pleco species).

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The problem with many plecos is just that, they get to big and mindlessly uproot your plants and basically bulldoze your aquascape. It is this reason that bristle-nose, and zebra plecos (ancistrus and hypancitrus sp) are commonly sought after for planted tanks. If you want a big pleco then anything in the Hypostomus sp. will most likely work for you.
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rubberlip pleco or rubbernose or bulldog, all referring to one of a couple different species under the genus chaetostoma. Cool looking plecos with a subtle beauty. Ancistrus type more so than panaque types or hypancistrus. It gets up to 7in though most dont, probably varies with species and other factors, milesi being the most common but thomsoni are available too and are very similar. They are peaceful and algae eating machines.
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Bristlenose Plecos are a good size for a 75 gallon tank, are great algae eaters, safe for plants.
There are several species, and some color variations of the most common species.
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BN are pretty nice, something like the starlight BN i find a beauty. Just keep in mind that some plecos do spend most of the time hiding and you may never get to see them.
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BN pleco aka Bristel nose pleco. They are the BEST fish. I miss mine so much. They will keep a tank nice and clean and are always out doing something.

I have a old female Clown pleco that I don't think will ever die she is almost 6 years old now. I have put that fish threw so much over the years. She works well in a planted tank. She is boring and hides all the time but does not hurt the plants. she keeps wood spotless. Not so much rocks.

Otos are the best for a planted tank and a must have imo. Look at Pitbull Plecos they are a bit bigger then Otos they are really cool.

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Pitbull plecos I read are similar to oto's, also cool is the zebra pleco, my favorite pleco and fish.
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