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Soccer_23
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Pleco or not?
« on: January 08, 2012, 12:29:01 PM »

hey everyone!

i've lately been looking to add something else to my tank. It's been operation for about 7 months, and is home to two oranda goldfish. I was considering getting an algae eater, a pleco, but after reading some other feeds, and discorvering that they sometimes harm the other fish, i really don't want to risk it! So my questions are:
1. Do all plecos become agressive towards other fish when there is no algae left or are there different varieties?
2.are there certain precautions i could take to ensure that the pleco wouldn't harm the fish?
3.Is there a milder brand of pleco or other algae eater i could get that wouldn't hurt my fish?

Thanks, and all answers are appreciated!
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Nossie
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Re: Pleco or not?
« Reply #1 on: January 08, 2012, 01:47:16 PM »

1. No, but it's impossible for you to know which ones, unless you're experienced keeping plecos and have learned to spot the small differences between the species.
2. Keeping the pleco separated from the goldfish, or by simply getting a kind that is generally a nice and/or social pleco. The smaller ones are usually better.
3. Common Ancistrus or Bristlenoses are a type I've kept with goldfish for 10 years or more, they're very kind fish and are effective eating algae. They won't be much bigger than 8-10 cm and they breed quite often, if you have a boy and a girl, there'll be some profit in bringing the babies to the local pet shop every once in a while Smiley
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Soccer_23
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Re: Pleco or not?
« Reply #2 on: January 08, 2012, 05:35:59 PM »

okay thanks! i'll look into a bristlenose or a ancistrus
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Nossie
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Re: Pleco or not?
« Reply #3 on: January 09, 2012, 07:32:00 AM »

They're the same fish, just different names Wink
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Re: Pleco or not?
« Reply #4 on: January 22, 2012, 06:59:35 PM »

oh haha thanks Smiley
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Re: Pleco or not?
« Reply #5 on: January 30, 2012, 09:41:43 PM »

I have two butterfly plecos and they are fine with the fish! Just make sure to get some algea wafers and as you go to put one in the tank make sure you break it in half, as the fish will try and eat it aswel so half for the fish to go at and half for the pleco!
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Re: Pleco or not?
« Reply #6 on: January 31, 2012, 03:59:10 AM »

Vicloz: For how long have you had the butterfly plecos? Are they close to full-grown now? Smiley
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