04-30-2012, 05:54 AM
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Pleco are good for beginners solitary bottom dweller speaking. Of course you need a small species, not those huge common plecs. I'd be looking at a bristlenose pleco, or maybe a pair of bulldog plecos. You'll have to supplement them with catfish pellets, they don't just live off algae. I'm not sure if they'd take care of the fry though. Maybe a pair of south American bumblebee catfish would be better. They're small, but I'm pretty sure there's a similar species that gets much too large, and pet stores tend to mix things up.
Do you know your pH and water hardness? Most pet shops test it for free if you bring in a water sample.