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can i put a plecostomus with convict chichlids

Postby drphil » Sun Mar 25, 2012 2:08 pm

I recently set up a 20 gallon tank and introduced a pair of convict chichlids, who have mated and are now taking care of some wrigglers in a hole in one of the rocks. The algae is starting to build up in the tank and I would like to get a plecostomus or a chinese algae eater to clean the algae. Would the convicts kill it? The female is 1 inch, male is 1 1/2 inches.
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Postby Adrian101 » Sun Mar 25, 2012 2:29 pm

Snails may work better in a tank that small. Or just a bit of elbow grease when doing water changes.
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Postby lauren_101 » Sun Mar 25, 2012 7:36 pm

Cichlids eat snails I think. Try a clown pleco they don't get very big(4inches at the most).
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Postby Chubbs the Jellybean » Sun Mar 25, 2012 9:13 pm

I wouldn't, just leave the cons in the 20, they'll likely kill the pleco.
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Postby drphil » Sun Mar 25, 2012 11:00 pm

Thanks, I'm not going to get a pleco, but maybe I'll try some snails. If they eat the snails, I guess I'll have to try elbow grease.
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Postby Mbunagasm » Mon Mar 26, 2012 5:54 pm

Lots of flat rocks/tight crevices in the back and you could add a bristlenose cat. They stay small and hide in crevices no convict could get to. Ideally get a little pump to add a current though the rockwork, bristlenose cats love current.
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Postby elirn » Mon Mar 26, 2012 8:29 pm

I wouldn't add anything.
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Postby drphil » Tue Mar 27, 2012 9:30 am

I'll pass on a catfish. Mainly I was interested in someone to clean the algae. I got some snails, but the male con is trying to eat them.
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Postby SmokeyMcTree » Wed Mar 28, 2012 3:08 am

You have to be careful when breeding with plecostomus's. they work the night shift, and when the cichlids are resting they'll suck the eggs up.

i would get snails. or a chinese algae eater should be fine. just nothing large.
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