I have a new 20Gallon planted tank that I keep in the 78 degree range, my PH runs right around 7.5, and my water is on the hard side. My setup can be seen in this thread: http://www.tropicalfishkeeping.com/f...ed-tank-86826/
Currently it houses 1 male Betta, and I had intended to add 4 or 5 Bronze Corrys later this week or early next week, a few Plattys the week after that, and finish the stocking off with a Red Lizard Whiptail the week after that.
However, I find that my desire to watch my Betta and enjoy the tank as much as possible has led to an algae issue
I was at my LFS today, and when I asked about the Red Lizard the clerk said he hadn't seen one in the shop before and wasn't sure that they were available through their breeder.
He recommended either a Rubberlipped Pleco or a Bristlenose Pleco to control the algae instead of the RL Whiptail.
I think the Rubberlip gets a little bigger than I want in my tank (I found a source that said up to 7 inches), but the LFS has a nice perky and very active female albino BN pleco that I think would work.
My first question is, if I go with the Pleco over the Whiptail, will I still have room for the Corrys or is that too many bottom fish?
My second question relates to the cleaning power of the Red Lizard Whiptail, is it good for algae control in a 20 gallon? I was assured that the Pleco is a "Good Worker" and keeps the tank quite clean of algae and debris. Does the Whiptail do so as well?
As a third bonus question, has anyone had a Betta in with Plattys? Do they get along or am I looking at trouble mixing the two?