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Old 10-09-2011, 10:32 PM   #1 
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Pleco?

I'd like to get a Pleco to help with algae issues.

My question is at the moment my biggest tank is 29. What is the smallest type of pleco that i can get?
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Old 10-09-2011, 10:36 PM   #2 
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A Bristle nose would work good, but they have hooks on their gill covers so be careful(They can also get tangled in nets, I always catch Plecos with my hands)

Rubber lipped plecos are fantastic algae eaters :D
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Old 10-09-2011, 10:42 PM   #3 
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How big do Rubber Lipped Plecos get?
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Old 10-09-2011, 11:26 PM   #4 
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A little over 7" max. :) The Bristle nose are around 10" max.
I currently have a common and he's already outgrown his tank in a year. D:
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Old 10-09-2011, 11:47 PM   #5 
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Bristle nose average around 4-5" though, and the albino's stay small.

I have a Sailfin who I'm keeping in my friends mom's 75g aquarium until I can get a big aquarium, he's 10 years old and almost 14 inches. He's seems to be hitting a growth spurt lol

This is a current photo of mine
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Daaawwww, he's a cutie!
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Old 10-09-2011, 11:56 PM   #7 
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A shoal of otocinclus make excellent algae eaters, and they stay small.

When considering stocking plecos, keep in mind their pooping capacity. It's impressive.
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Old 10-10-2011, 02:34 AM   #8 
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omg yes! the poop is INTENSE! Mine once had a THREE FOOT POOP O.O It was so big, and I was doing so many water changes just to suck up his massive amounts of poops. I also feed mine a lot though, He would get cucumber, and I put in a lot of extra cichlid pellets because he would swim up and eat them all. they also grow really well if you feed them blanched broccoli.
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how many otocinclus are needed to shoal?
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Old 10-10-2011, 01:13 PM   #10 
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I think 5-6 is a reccomended schooling number. Of course, you could go bigger, but I think 5 is the min.
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