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Do you have plecos in your cichlid tank?

Yes I do
41
75%
No I don't
14
25%
 
Total votes : 55

Plecos and Cichlids

Postby kdinkel » Fri Aug 31, 2007 12:34 pm

How many of you have plecos in your cichlid tanks?
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Postby Sierra255 » Fri Aug 31, 2007 1:26 pm

When I first got my 55 gallon, it had two large common plecos in it. I very quickly got rid of one. Then, several months ago, I gave away the other one and got a bristlenose pleco instead. He's great and does an amazing job keeping the aquarium clean.
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Postby BlackShark11k » Fri Aug 31, 2007 3:57 pm

I keep several plecos, some because they get rid of algae, and some because they look cool and get big(which i like :D ). My biggest is a 17'' sailfin.
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Postby Toby_H » Fri Aug 31, 2007 4:46 pm

I kept Common Plecos for years... even though I never felt they offered the advantages they were supposed to...

I later gave them up as they created a lot of waste and didn't help much...

Then I met a couple local guys who had weird looking plecos and gave them a shot. None of them lasted very long for various reasons.

For the last couple years I've not kept any but have recently been considering trying out a couple BNs again... until I read the post in this folder about Rubberlip plecos. Now I'm waiting for other peoples responses.

But it's nice to see I'm the only one who voted no... I like to be different...
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Postby 1800higgins » Fri Aug 31, 2007 8:15 pm

Must be a Charlotte thing. I'm #2 to vote no. I don't like Plecos.
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Postby rockincichlid » Fri Aug 31, 2007 9:27 pm

My cichlids eat plecos like they are feeders they go for the eyes then the bellys.
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Postby pk333 » Sat Sep 01, 2007 8:31 am

160 gallon tank.

7 Corydoras julii
9 Otocinclus vestitus
2 L110 Ancistrus sp. "orange spot"
1 Glyptoperichthys joselimaianus
160 gallon Geophagus sp. 'araguaia orange head' community tank

34 gallon Cleithracara maronii community tank

And THAT is why I should NEVER, EVER again be allowed into an aquarium shop with my wallet!
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Postby emptyhead » Sat Sep 01, 2007 9:57 pm

Rubber lips and sailfins.
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Postby heylady » Mon Sep 03, 2007 12:12 am

I have a common pleco in with my oscar and a rhino pleco in with my blood parrot. I am really happy with both but especially the rhino....he seems able to tolerate my BP (who is extremely aggressive) and if I could find another I would put one in my 40g too.
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Postby justjenn » Mon Sep 03, 2007 2:09 pm

I was given a 75g tank w/two plecos, 1 8in & 1 12in. It also had a yellow lab & a cobalt blue. While the plecos did keep all the alge gone, they also produced a lot of waste! I just traded them to my LFS for two blk convicts. I still have a 4in pleco in my non-cichlid tank, but when he gets to be too much of a bio-load on that tank he will move on also. :)
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Postby timstone » Mon Sep 03, 2007 5:33 pm

plecos are the poor mans uv sterilizer
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Postby VampirePleco » Mon Sep 03, 2007 5:56 pm

No one should ever buy Plecos for algae removal, I mean that is what Algae Scrapers are for! Plecos produce a lot of poop, so they may take of one mess but create another :wink:

People should only get Plecos because they actually like Plecos!
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Postby Alleycat » Mon Sep 03, 2007 6:08 pm

At least a pair of Bushynose in every tank... they don't get big, they eat algae, and don't #%$& alot like the common ones do... and oh, their beauty is in the eye of the beholder. :P
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Postby canadiancichlidfan » Tue Sep 04, 2007 6:41 am

I have a 6 inch common pleco in my cichlid tank. He's not worth it with how much waste he makes.

The other fish that I have in the cichlid tank is a chinese algae eater who does a LOT better of a job cleaning the tank.
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Postby BlackShark11k » Tue Sep 04, 2007 3:42 pm

VampirePleco wrote:No one should ever buy Plecos for algae removal, I mean that is what Algae Scrapers are for! Plecos produce a lot of poop, so they may take of one mess but create another :wink:

People should only get Plecos because they actually like Plecos!


Bushynoses do an amazong job of algae removal. I've never had to use my algae scrapers in my tanks with bushynose!
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