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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 03-16-2012, 10:40 PM Thread Starter
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Pleco and Acrylic Tanks

I picked up some albino bushynose plecos 6months ago because everything I had read, for the most part, stated that they were acrylic safe. They were model citizens and stayed mainly on the driftwood and substrate foraging for algae. But as they got older and reached 3"+ I noticed they started to spend more time on the acrylic panes.

Due to a busy work schedule I haven't spent much time on the aquarium save for the daily feedings and topping off of water. While feeding them today I decided to wipe off what I thought were water stains and realized that these marks were on the inside of the acrylic panes. They're definitely teeth marks and seemed to have appeared over the last month only.

Has anyone experienced similar results with bushynose plecos? I have a few pitbull plecos in the tank as well but they tend to stay in the sand, as evidenced by the one in the picture, so I don't think they'd be the culprits. And one of the bigger bushynose pleco is very fond of that particular spot that's damaged so I think the math adds up. What other smaller plecos can I replace the bushynose with? Should I just add more ottos and pitbull plecos and call it a day? It would be a bummer since these guys are longfins and it took me a while to find any for sale in the local pet stores.
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A bummer, but hard to argue with the evidence.
I have never kept albino BNs in my plexi tank, but always have one or two 'regular' BNs there for over 10 years now without any teeth marks. I do have a lot of driftwood in the tank.
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I have been building acrylic aquarium displays for years and never seen that before.
You can drain tank and polish out the scratches is about only good thing i can say about your problem.
Also you can polish them out with system full of water, just like the big commercial aquariums, imho thats to much work and I would take it down to do it.
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I know they can thin out leaves..but wow!

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I have had b/n plecos in my acrylic tank and have never had them do that to the panes but it sure does look like they did to yours. Not everything in this hobby is black and white. Sometimes your experience may be completely different than someone elses. I have a lot of driftwood in my tank so maybe that kept them busy.

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