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I am completely at a loss.

I cannot keep Ancistrus (BN) Plecos alive in my all-male Hap/Peacock tank.

I have now lost my third. This time, a 5" wild-caught that leapt out the gap between the glass top and tank frame. When I found him, he was dead and had no eyes.

Their prior victim was a 4" Albino BN. They also picked out his eyes before finishing him off.

What the ????

Has anyone else had similar problems with their cichlids? I have no idea what I can keep with these guys as a clean-up crew. :eek:
 

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That doesn't make sence really maybe you just got a bad group haha.

Try a bigger common pleco they will fight back well at least mine do and hold there own ground.
You could try gold nuggets or rubber lip plecos i don't know much on them tho so i wouldn't be much help.
 

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Odd. I got a group of three BN plecos and one did die in my hap/peacock tank, but it was the same day I got him and I think it was a prior health/adjustment issue more than anything.

I've never heard of this, quite the opposite. Maybe someone can chime in?
 

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Ugh. I hate hearing these stories about plecos in Malawi tanks getting their eyes eaten out and/or killed. Makes me a bit crazy. I love my BN plecos (they're in community tanks) and don't really get people putting them in an African tank where they apparently are at such risk. I know many people say theirs aren't picked on, but there are many others on the forum who tell horror stories. I have no algae in my African tank, so I also don't get the need. Sorry for the outburst, but it really is a pet peeve of mine. Maybe I should start a new campaign:

Vote No On Plecos in African Tanks!

:)
 

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I don't agree on the keeping plecos out of malawi tanks. I have 2 BN's in mine currently, and they fend for themselves just fine. The tank is right next to the window, so excessive algae isn't a problem not easily fixed. The BN's fixed it though!
 

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yea I don't agree either. In my experience and what I have heard from others BN plecos work about as often in malawi tanks as malawi fish themselves.
 

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Here's your answer one tough pleco he's held his own against a 10 inch flowerhorn bullied the Nkambaes if they bothered him. Don't know what kind he is.
 
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