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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 04-22-2014, 02:31 PM Thread Starter
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Should I get another plecostomus ?

I have a 72 gallon set up. I had a brushy nose that did a great job but ate my swords. I didn't really feed him much else though. I have SAEs, shrimp, snails etc. I have noticed in the few weeks that my brushy nose has been gone the leaves of the swords have algae. I'm considering getting a brushy nose again....but feeding him veggies more consistently this time. Any thoughts on if what I'm doing is insane?
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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 04-22-2014, 02:38 PM
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I might were it me go with otocinclus, for they are less likely to cause damage to leaves while rasping on them to clean away algae.
Your sword's look very nice/healthy.
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what a nice display of different sword plants you have. My suggestion is based on personal experience only. I have about 10-15 amano shrimp in my tanks. I hardly ever see them but I know they are there because I rarely see algae. I love pleco still but honestly I think getting 10-15 amanos in your 72 gallon tank would be a far better algae control plan than another pleco. Amano's don't create near a fraction of the bioload (poo etc) that a pleco does anyway.

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Ha! I have maybe 20 Amanos and thousands of little cherry shrimp. The only algae I get is on the bigger swords.
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post #5 of 5 (permalink) Old 04-22-2014, 03:30 PM
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There's no need to cross-post. Stick to one thread.
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