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Old 12-06-2004, 04:38 PM   #16
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Guys be careful with Bristlenoses... I had a male that shredded swords that bad, I had to relocate it! It was probably his attempt on fighting algae, but he took the entire tissue off. Looked like laceplants afterwards. I bet it was an exception, or my bad luck... still... I might try another male later.
This is precisely why I don't have my 2 Ancistrus males any longer. They also rasped a little too much on my Cryptocorynes. So far, Chaetostoma thomasi (rubberlip-nose or whatever) have been plant-safe.
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Old 12-06-2004, 08:31 PM   #17
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Thanks, Mike! Nice to know when you're missed! I'm afraid I've been too busy with my other hobby (pool) lately...
Well, I bought a snowball pleco yesterday- cute little guy. Hope he'll do okay, the clerk said he wouldn't eat plants, and I trust his knowledge pretty well. If I have any problems, though, I have a back-up plan. He can go in my 30 community grow out tank. It would be nice to get a mated pair and try to get them to breed...
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This is precisely why I don't have my 2 Ancistrus males any longer. They also rasped a little too much on my Cryptocorynes. So far, Chaetostoma thomasi (rubberlip-nose or whatever) have been plant-safe.
James,
I've had a single rubber-lipped pleco in my 40g for about four months that does his job, but for some reason, in my 125g I've lost every rubber-lipped that I tried adding...four in total. One I found dead, but the other three just up and vanished. They're the only fish that I've had this happen to in this tank. All my otos and other plecos (2 pitbull and one bristlenose) are fine...go figure.
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Old 12-06-2004, 10:50 PM   #19
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i've had a similar problem: my original rubber lipped dissapeared and now my second one seems to not be eating any algae. in fact he had been hanging out on the glass, acting like he was eating. now after a water change, he is on the floor of the tank not acting like much. he's still alive though.
isn't it wierd when fish just dissappear?
how is the snowball settling in?
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Old 12-08-2004, 05:51 AM   #20
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I had been thinking about getting a small pleco also. I've never had a pleco before. At planet catfishes site it says the snowball pleco should be in a tank with caves, some roots and no plants. I wonder if that means they will eat the plants. I hope not. How is yours doing so far?
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Old 12-08-2004, 02:33 PM   #21
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I have had great luck with my Rubber lip in my tank. I never used to see him and he seemed to be slowly wasting away. I added a small power head that creates current along the one side and part of the front of the tank "pretty strong really" and now he sits in the current all day and eats algae off the glass, rocks, and wood in that area its the only spot in the tank that he will eat or even go for that matter. He was wasting away now he is nice and plump and i get to see him all day
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Old 12-08-2004, 07:01 PM   #22
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I also reccomend the rubberlipped or rubbernosed pleco. They don't get more than 3-4" and they have a cool plated armor look to them.

As for disappearing fish I added an upsidedown catfish to my 75 gallon tank 5 months ago and never saw him until the other day so you never know. Perhaps you have 4 plecos hiding out somewhere.
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Old 12-08-2004, 08:51 PM   #23
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I've kept a snowball for a little over a year now (picture ). It hasn't gotten any bigger than about 4", but it does get rowdy and can tear stuff up. It's a great fish, but shy, and should be given a hiding place. It definitely eats plants and rasps on wood, but I feed it regularly with sinking wafers and frozen bloodworms, and it keeps the damage to a minimum. Once I had sand in that tank, and I fed live blackworms. Some of the blackworms burrowed into the sand. Well, the next morning I found that it had excavated the entire front of the substrate, digging a trench the length of the tank. "Fancy Plecos" as they are called are great fish, I wish I could keep more of them. IMO the clown is the nicest-looking, especially against a black substrate. Oh, and it will get lighter in color if you have a lighter substrate.

PS... and mine would attach to the glass and eat some algae, but it was not very thorough.

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Old 12-08-2004, 11:48 PM   #24
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I'm worried about my little guy. Since I put him in the tank on Sunday, he has done nothing but hang on the glass (occasionally moving to a different part of the glass). He hasn't even made a move for any of the food (flakes and live blackworms) I've fed the fish in the tank. I'll keep an eye on him, and remove him at first sight of destruction, but for now, I'd just like to see him eat SOMETHING.
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I have had great luck with my Rubber lip in my tank. I never used to see him and he seemed to be slowly wasting away. I added a small power head that creates current along the one side and part of the front of the tank "pretty strong really" and now he sits in the current all day and eats algae off the glass, rocks, and wood in that area its the only spot in the tank that he will eat or even go for that matter. He was wasting away now he is nice and plump and i get to see him all day
i'm a bit confused. i'm sure it's me: what is a powerhead? a motor? is that appropriate in a smaller tank? (30 gallon) does he eat anywhere else in your tank? i am imagining a tank with a line of algae that just stops, as if there were an electric fence...



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Powerhead. They come in different sizes so you can find one appropriate for your particualr tank size.
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not quite an electric fence but pretty close lol my oto's keep the rest pretty clean he just hangs out in the right front corner everything there is spotless

My tank is only a 40 gallon and i have about the smallest power head i could find in there i placed it inside of a small pot/jar with pieces broke out that way it is hidden it looks like this current is just flowing from the pot Its not massive flow it does not disrupt the surface at all but creates good current right in front of it and along the front for a little ways "maybe 5-10 inches"
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I got rubberlip to replace my dead CAE (since my clown pleco didn't eat algae) and he seems to be putting up a good effort. Very nice-looking fish, as well as cheap! He's only an inch long so he needs a little magcleaner help, but he acts like he's trying and that's what's important.
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