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Bushynose Pleco & carpet plant

I've just started some utricularia graminifolia, my first attempt with a carpeting plant.

This morning I saw a bushynose pleco sitting on it ...does the pleco need to go or will my plant survive?
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IMO Pleco's and plants don't mix.
I had 2 of them in a 55 gallon tank when I 1st started plants. Every morning I'd turn the light on and 50% of my plants were floating.
Figured out it was the Pleco's.. So off to the lfs for store credit..lol
I don't miss those suckers one bit... Pun intended..lol

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I had trouble keeping smaller plants rooted until I fiddled around with my 'scape enough to ensure each of my plecos had a satisfactory (to them) hiding place. My male prefers a cave like affair-so it was a matter of elevating the back end of a slab of driftwood so he could dig underneath. For my female, it meant finding and tucking a vertical slab of wood in a corner--she prefers to perch vertically and needs open swim room to get in and out, where as the male is happiest if it's a tight squeeze to get in and out of his cave.

If they've got a good hiding place, they're happy and I only get the occasional stems uprooted. If they don't--well, it's a matter of replanting over and over and over and over.
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I might lean toward moving the pleco. I find they are trouble uprooting small plants and really do a job cutting holes in the leaves of larger plants like swords.
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Common plecos are a disaster with plants, but bristlenoses should be fine.


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Common plecos are a disaster with plants, but bristlenoses should be fine.
This has been my experience with bristlenoses. The only plants that got uprooted were planted too close to the male's cave and his cave and environs cleaning activities uprooted a few small corkscrew vals. I have 3 Medusas in another tank and they like to rearrange the sand but haven't uprooted any plants at all. I have 4 juvenile Reds, 2 adult regular bristlenoses, and about 80 babies in a 45g planted tank and really no problems with the BNs.
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I've never experienced a problem with plecos and plants in my aquarium.

I have a heavily planted tank with 3 plecos.
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I can't have plants at all with my 3 bristle Nose Plecs and Clown Loach as they just trash them within hours
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I've never had good luck with Britstlenose Plecos unless there is a big piece of real wood in the tank.

Bristlenoses really love wood. Mine is stuck to his favorite piece 90% of the time. I haven't had issues with them unrooting plants. The only plants I see the pleco on are big sword plants which he wouldn't be able to unroot.

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