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Plecos for a planted tank?

I really like some of the smaller varieties of plecos. Do these fish do well in a planted tank? Thanks -Derek
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I don't see any reasons they wouldn't. pepermint pleco a bit pricy but not too big in size.
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I have a Clown Pleco in my tank. He doesn't cause any problems or damage any stem plants. Pretty small (maybe 3") but very shy.

Depending on the size of tank, keep with the smaller ones. The larger ones can damage plants.
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my plecos are doing great in my planted tank. no holes in my plants, and no algae on the tank!
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bushynose plecos are also good...they r cute and supposedely eat algae


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I have a Clown Pleco in my tank. He doesn't cause any problems or damage any stem plants. Pretty small (maybe 3") but very shy.

Depending on the size of tank, keep with the smaller ones. The larger ones can damage plants.
Maybe this depends on individuals. On a local area forum I'm on, a guy was selling his clown because it was chewing holes in all his plants. Since this is hearsay, I can't vouch for it, but it might be something to watch for.

I have two bushynose in my big tank and they do great job. I also have a Gibbiceps in that tank and he does nothing but eat fish food.

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I have an adult male and 2 adult female bushy nose plecos in my 120gal and they are doing just fine. They don't eat the plants (even the large sword plants) and they are even breeding in there. I have heard they may start eating broad leaved plants if they are not getting enough vegitation in their diet.
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I use rubberlip plecos. They stay small and don't eat plants.
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Up until a few months ago, I would have said rubberlips are excellent for planted tanks. The one I've had for about 5 years seems to have gone through some personality altering event! He actually atacks my hand whenever I clean the tank amd he's been uprooting plants. Attempts to catch him have proven quite frustrating... YMMV
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Mine are about a year old, I guess. I have one in a 10g and one in a 15g. Before I got them, I had a little GSA on the 10g tank walls. I had to scrape it off every other or third water change. It really wasn't bad.

I put one in the 10g while it had a little GSA on the walls. The rest of the week, I could see where it had been eating. That next Sunday was water change day and I scrapped the rest of the GBA off. When I refilled the tank; that little fellow went round and round the tanks walls with it's mouth stuck on the tank was. It was in a verticle position when it was going horizontally (or sideways) round and round the tank. It was really funny watching it do this.

The next couple of water changes, I scraped the little bit of GSA off that it hadn't eaten. Everytime after I did this; the little fellow went round and round the tank.

Now, there's not a spot of GSA. The little fellow is doing it's job well. It's not showing any aggression like you mentioned with yours that's 5 years old.
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Since this is hearsay, I can't vouch for it, but it might be something to watch for.
Might be an individual thing then. Mine hasn't ate any kind of plant (living that is). Then again he is rather well fed and has no reason to eat plants.

Guy at the store I bought him from said they are relatively plant safe but may eat very fragile plants. How fragile I cannot say. I have tons of moss, Riccia, and Rotala Rotundifolia.

Rubberlips are another good choice. I've yet to have own but heard nothing but positives.
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I've had a pleco in my tank and it just uprooted the plants all the time from freaking out all the time. So I just gave it to my lfs.
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I just bought a leapord pleco the other week and he's great. Not very active when lights are on, he stays attached to his favorite piece of driftwood. But at night he goes to work and keeps the gravel and side walls cleaned down.

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I have heard they may start eating broad leaved plants if they are not getting enough vegitation in their diet.
This one is true. I have a bristlenose. He never bothered my plants after coddling him with other foods.
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I just bought a leapord pleco the other week and he's great. Not very active when lights are on, he stays attached to his favorite piece of driftwood. But at night he goes to work and keeps the gravel and side walls cleaned down.
Cool! My LFS had a single Leapord a few weeks ago. I didn't have any room so I had to pass on him. They are so cool looking.
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