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Plecos & Acrylic?

Postby slater32 » Fri Sep 18, 2015 10:11 pm

We have 2 malawi cichlid tanks, an acrylic 125 clear for life uni, & a glass 90tall.
Last weekend we got a 4inch Sailfin Pleco & dropped her in our glass 90, within days there is ZERO algae!
My wife is SUPER Stoked as she is the main care-taker of the tanks & really blown away by the results & I would agree...
She is contemplating getting another pleco either a Sailfin or a BN for the acrylic tank but I thought I've read that plecos will scratch & destroy the inside of an acrylic tank?
Any first hand experiences & thoughts of our concerns would be highly appreciated as the acrylic condition 125 is flawless & we are certain that we don't want to jeopardize / risk scratches from a pleco on the inside of the acrylic just to help control abit of algae...
Thanks for some insight!
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Re: Plecos & Acrylic?

Postby tanker3 » Sat Sep 19, 2015 12:07 pm

I have had BN plecos in many plastic tanks and never had any scratches. Never had a sailfin, so cannot comment on that.
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Re: Plecos & Acrylic?

Postby mambee » Mon Sep 21, 2015 5:00 pm

I think that species which digest wood, like Royal Plecos, are a problem.
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