Join Date: Jul 2013
Location: Chilliwack, Canada
had to comment right away,
using pleco's for algae control is ... daft. just because a fish has a sucker mouth does not mean it cares about algae. many pleco's are strickly carnivores
-scarlet cactus pleco
-red fin cactus pleco
others are omnivores but have a strong protein requirements.
and the common pleco, an 18" monster.
-has mediocre algae tenancies when young, that as it gets older looses all interest and would rather eat your other fish.
there are a few that are herbivores, or omnivores with a strong plant preference.
-gold nugget pleco
there's over 400 different kinds of pleco's out there. picking a pleco for algae control because it's a pleco, ... why not pick a goldfish, i don't doubt that the goldfish will eat the dreaded cladophora algae that nothing else will touch.