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My original post regarding algae is gone so I started this to thank everyone for their help.
I had algae growing on the rocks and some suggested getting a pleco. I went to the lfs and got a bristlenose pleco and am amazed at whats happened in the last few days. Whenever I see him he's upside down stuck to the bottom of a rock, but where there was algae there isn't any anymore, so I guess he's active when I'm not around. He's cleaned just about all the algae in 5 days. I guess I can keep the light on longer now?
 

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My mbunas don't mess with my bn and it's only about an 1.5-2". They used to get too close when I first added it. My cichlids are anywhere from 1.5-3".
 

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Mbuna may completely ignore Plecos, since there is no reason for conflict other than cave territory. But Mbuna can harass and stress them out. It depends, Mbuna tanks can to be high stress.

Best to add the Pleco when the Mbuna are young. Adding a small scared Pleco with established adult mbuna might be a disaster. Mbuna do not attack for food initially, but they can be opportunistic and gang up on vulnerable fish.
 

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ironspider said:
I guess I can keep the light on longer now?
Mine is on from 5:00 pm to 10:00 pm.

I currently have three types of food in my rotation, and the plecos happily munch on all of them. They're opportunistic, and will even turn on their backs to eat pellets that are floating in the water.

I also have algae wafers, but have noticed that a few of the other fish eat them as much as the plecos do, so I use them as a treat, not necessarily as a staple specifically for the plecos.
 

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fish_gazer said:
ironspider said:
I guess I can keep the light on longer now?
Mine is on from 5:00 pm to 10:00 pm.

I currently have three types of food in my rotation, and the plecos happily munch on all of them. They're opportunistic, and will even turn on their backs to eat pellets that are floating in the water.

I also have algae wafers, but have noticed that a few of the other fish eat them as much as the plecos do, so I use them as a treat, not necessarily as a staple specifically for the plecos.
My Pleco is too busy to worry about the food I put in the tank. He'll just keep attached to that rock or the glass while the other fish go nuts. I did buy the wafers but that turns into another feeding frenzy with the others, the pleco doesn't care. I just hope he's getting enough food.
 

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As long as his belly is not concave he is fine. This is typical behavior for plecos...mine have the food fall on their heads and ignore it initially.
 
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