Well, I decided to take my own advice, which was to take people's advice when you ask for it.
I did NOT get the Rhino Pleco, magnificent though he is. I wimped out and succumbed to peer pressure.
That turned around and bit me in the butt, however, because they were out of siamese algae eaters, they sold them all yesterday. I hadn't put them on hold, because I wasn't sure they wanted them. So I grabbed Chinese Algae Eaters. I had heard they were more aggressive but the LFS assured me it wouldn't be an issue in my big tank. However then I got home and read about them, and apparently when they age they can get really mean. They're very small now, but at the first sign of aggression towards another fish, they're going back.
Geez, I try to do the right thing, and instead of getting something that can terrorize my plants, I get something that can terrorize my fish. Not now, but eventually, down the road. Argh.
The Rhino was gorgeous, too.
I do like the look of the Chinese Algae Eaters against the dark substrate and driftwood though.
I did, however, get a full grown bristlenose pleco, which I am quite pleased with. He is WAY bigger than the bristlenose we have in the 55 with the Rainbows. He is tiny.
Our crappy camera FINALLY died today. It was a slow, painful, gradual death.
This video was made with one of our two backups, which are really only useful outdoors with natural light. Indoors there is just not enough light for them. So this video looks horrible, is what I'm getting at. Now we have to buy a new camera BEFORE Christmas, instead of after. Argh. Luckily we have all the boy's gifts now, just need some stocking stuffers. Thank God for kijiji (craiglist)
There was a Tiger Pleco there, a good medium size pleco between the size of the bristlenose and the rhino. I wanted him, but he has a sketchy bump. They quarantined him for three weeks, and medicated him, and it didn't come off, so they think it is scar tissue (he previously lived with cichlids at someone's home) as opposed to a fungal or bacterial infection.
After the clown loach incident I was paranoid, so I passed. I wish we had a cell phone so I could have taken a picture, and you guys could have weighed in on what it is. It is a cool looking fish.