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What is the best substrate for pleco

Hey guys set up a new tank and I was wondering
which would be the best substrate sand or gravel for plecos
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Hey guys set up a new tank and I was wondering
which would be the best substrate sand or gravel for plecos
It depends. Most species will need natural sand or PFS ( Pool filter sand) but there are a few that prefer gravel substrate. Most of these varieties come from swiftly moving rivers and need highly oxygenated environments. I have one of the exceptions- a L128- Blue Phantom Pleco. He is a big boy- pushing 8.5 inches.

When you select what type of pleco you want, look up that specific pleco species in Seriously Fish and look at where they come from ( Habitat) and what they need in aquarium (maintenance).


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180 g. low tech w/ wild South American cichlids, corydoras eques, and African Congo riverine tetras.
60 g. low tech w/ F1 Alenquer discus pair and wild Altum Angels
30 g. low tech - Breeding tank
30 g. low-tech Shrimp tank - wild-type neocaradina and Caridina cf. babaulti "Zebra"
9 gallon Shrimp tank- Caridina cantonensis ("Golden Bee's"). *Tank still at cycling stage.

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Thanks that helps a lot
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I decided to go with sand tank came out nice
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