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Old 10-08-2010, 05:53 PM   #11
 
I got a 48" GE 6500k daytime light today and started with some amazon swords and pygmy chain swords for the foreground. I currently have cherry barbs, odessa barbs, panda corys and dwarf powder blue gourami.
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Old 10-08-2010, 05:55 PM   #12
 
Would a BN go to town on my pants?
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Old 10-08-2010, 08:47 PM   #13
 
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angel!!! nice you have MTS real bad ^.^
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I got a 48" GE 6500k daytime light today and started with some amazon swords and pygmy chain swords for the foreground. I currently have cherry barbs, odessa barbs, panda corys and dwarf powder blue gourami.

Would a BN go to town on my pants?
You won't regret these lights, I love the GE's or Bright Effects (that's all I have on my tanks, Lowes loves me).
I guess you mean the pLants? A BN won't hurt them.

Other plants that I'd add now if some finer stuff esp for the Cherry's to hide, something for the rear wall like a Vallis or Rotala or Pennywort, anything that will fill a dense "green wall" along the back for all them guys.
A neat color splash in the front could be one-two red crypt's or also the kleiner bar sword they look neat too.
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Old 10-09-2010, 11:13 AM   #14
 
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denial makes it even worse lol
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Old 10-09-2010, 01:10 PM   #15
 
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I would not get a BN plec until you have algae for it. Otherwise, they are known to eat plants, esp soft leaf ones. But with sufficient algae, fine. This is noted in our profile of the Bristlenose Pleco [click on the shaded name to see the profile] and it also mentions suitable diet elements to prevent this. But I would ensure there is algae at first, as this is the fish's natural diet and it will settle in better.
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Old 10-10-2010, 10:28 AM   #16
 
Should I consider a different small pleco? My LFS carries one that they call a common ancistrus but I can't find anything on this. They claim it is not a BN and only gets to be 3 to 4 inches. I'm stumped on this one.
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Old 10-10-2010, 02:06 PM   #17
 
I added some Broadleaf Ludwig today, I think it meets both of the suggestions, as it is a finer plant and has reddish leaves.
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Old 10-10-2010, 02:57 PM   #18
 
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Love Ludwigia, grows nice and adds some color!!!!

Maybe its easier to solve the BN mystery starting from the other way around:
Why do you really need one? Is it to up some existing stock? Is it you feel you "need" to have a "cleaner" (often that's a myth many new fish owners fall for).
Unless there's a certain type that you personally really love I'd not get one, just get other fish to stock up your tank that you enjoy more and see more and that are easier to feed as well (let's not forget that part).
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Old 10-10-2010, 05:36 PM   #19
 
I guess I just assumed I would need some type of algae eater in the future. My tank is about 3 or 4 months old now and I still don't have any, but I figured I should allow space for something in the future. If I just add to my current stock how will I manage algae.
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Old 10-10-2010, 07:18 PM   #20
 
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Should I consider a different small pleco? My LFS carries one that they call a common ancistrus but I can't find anything on this. They claim it is not a BN and only gets to be 3 to 4 inches. I'm stumped on this one.
"Common" names are next to useless as they can be at the whim of the store, the supplier, whatever. I know of local stores that give "interesting" names to the fish in their tanks, but names that have absolutely no relevance to the fish and you can never find the fish online because the store simply makes up the name to sell the fish.

However, a "common Ancistrus" should be the fish in our profile under Bristlenose Catfish. As noted in the profile, there are currently some 65 species in the genus Ancistrus, and the exact species of the "common" BN is not known, which is why I entered the fish as "Ancistrus sp" ["sp" = species]. The profile info applies to this fish. Other species in the genus may be more demanding in terms of water parameters. All Ancistrus species have the "bristles" on the head.

I agree with Angel, don't buy a fish to eat algae unless you really like and want that particular fish. And if you do, then ensure you have algae when you acquire it so it will adjust better. Most "algae" eating fish will learn to feed from prepared sinking foods, veggies, etc., but at first they will be more likely to settle down if they have their natural food available, algae.

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