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hi im new to the hobby and i need some help im trying to choose a pleco or maybe a Colombian Shark/Catfish for my mbuna tank but i dont know wich is a good pleco for the water conditions the mbunas require help please... :-?
 

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I purchased 2 Bristlenose Pleco's for my 75g tank about 2 weeks ago. They seem to be doing great. A lot of people on this forum seem to recommend the Bristlenose Pleco's for Mbuna tanks. Hope that helps.
 

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Yeah bristlenose are great. although they are from a different region and lower Ph. levels they adjust very well to fit in with our fish
 

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tropheus duboisi breeder said:
I like using bristlenose plecos. They "Do Work". They cleaned my tank spotless in less than 48 hours.
I had the same experience with mine... brown algae gone in 2 days. Yes, their natural habitat is low pH soft water, but they are very adaptable. I bought mine out of a discus tank with 6.0 pH. I just gave her a nice long slow drip of 8.2 tank water (about an hour) and she aclimated perfectly. Good personality too. She's out and about a lot more than I expected and she's not afraid to headbutt the cichlids out of the way if they invade her space.

And she's smart too. We have a routine worked out. When I feed the cichlids she always appears behind the rocks on on the left side of the tank. While I drop in pellets on the right side of the tank to occupy the cichlids, I reach in with my left hand and drop an algae wafer to the pleco. This gives her a few minutes to eat in peace before the Malawis grab it and start a rugby game.
 

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I have 3 bristlenose in my 90g and they do a fantastic job of keeping the algae in check. Two are albino and they are out all the time. I rarely see the regular one except when the lights are off. My labs and acei don't bother them.
 
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