PLECO in planted tanks, bad idea?
I know plecos can get a bit bulldozy at times kicking up substrate and potentially uprooting plants. I have heard they are not recommended in planted tanks, but I still have seen some people successfully keep plecs in their planted tanks.
Just wanted to get more personal experiences from people, that do or have tried keeping plecos in planted tanks.
I am considering getting a Ancistrus pleco (smaller sized plecs that have bristle noses). Only questions/concerns I have are will these smaller plecs uproot plants constantly? Would their sprinting around at times, bend/break/crease leaves or stems?
Also I forgot, but do Ancistrus plecos eat wood at all? I know they don't require it like some other species of plecs, but do they eat wood at all? Just wouldn't want my driftwood to (especially my moss covered manzanita branch/tree) get messed up.
I am guessing well established root systems wouldn't get uprooted, especially with coarser, heavier, more porous substrate, but I have fine grain sand (but it does compact a bit).
Just debating whether or not I should get a pleco for my tanks. I already have plenty of algae eaters, but I just like the look of them and like to have more diversity to my tanks. But then again I have light colored substrate and don't really like the sight of giant long strands of pleco poo everywhere haha.
By the way, instead of posting a whole new thread, if anyone has kept Giant Blue Wood Shrimp AKA Vampire Shrimp or Bamboo Shrimp AKA Singapore Flower Shrimp (both larger size filter feeding shrimp with fan hands), can you comment as to whether or not they can break leaves of plants? I have wanted some, but was thinking their big size would break off or crimple skinny leaves, making a planted tank look a bit trashed.