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Pleco with Shrimp?

I recently just put my pleco (7 inches) into my shrimp tank
for algae cleaning purposes, and I was wondering if they
eat baby shrimp, or adult shrimp. Mines produces a lot of
waste too, so there might be an ammonia problem. Remove...
or keep?
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Remove and get a Otto. Plecs can consume babies and their waste levels are a ton


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I recently just put my pleco (7 inches) into my shrimp tank
for algae cleaning purposes, and I was wondering if they
eat baby shrimp, or adult shrimp. Mines produces a lot of
waste too, so there might be an ammonia problem. Remove...
or keep?
What size is your shrimp tank and what kind of pleco is it?
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30 gallon tank, and I'm not sure. Let
me try to find a pic.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Plecostomus
The one in the first pic.
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Remove and get a Otto. Plecs can consume babies and their waste levels are a ton


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I've been looking for an oto for 2 months now, my LFS
said they would stock some in for me... and still haven't.
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otos should be really cheap and really easy to find. both petsmart/petco sale them for under $2 each.
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I wish they really were that easy to find... I've visited
8 Petsmart + Petcos.
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thats a bummer.... i've seriously never been to a place that didn't have them...
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I wish they really were that easy to find... I've visited
8 Petsmart + Petcos.
The petsmart in fountain valley have them... or at least when I go. They are kind of pricy though, or so I remember. 405 Tropical Fish has them for $1.50 so I got mine form there.
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Oh, I never been there, I'll go this weekend then!
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Do you still have the pleco in the 30g or did you remove it?

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Its still in there atm, if I do remove it....
my taiwan moss will likely be killed from this
weird brown slimy algae. Same thing happened
to my java moss. If you would like to help,
the forum is in the Algae section.
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you likely have a common pleco. they are ok for a little while in smaller tanks but eventually they'd do best in huge tanks of 90gals or more(just an estimate). they do grow pretty big and only a big tank can handle their size and waste levels.

algae is best eaten by SAEs. if you have a fish tank, and some room for them - get 5 SAEs, and place your infected plants and objects into that tank for a cleaning. younger SAEs do a terrific job of keeping planted tanks spotless. They are most definitely not shrimp safe however so you must keep them in a fish tank.
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Don't SAEs get aggresive and rather large......?
Yea, I have a 75 gallon for my pleco.
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Regular plecs will eat shrimp. They poop a lot and have no business in small tanks. SAEs will probably also eat some shrimp.

I would either go ottos or no fish at all. I would buy a scraper and just do it that way. Shrimp also like grazing on the algae glass if you leave it like that
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