09-25-2010, 12:57 AM
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Some plecos are indeed better at eating algae than others ,and the Bristlenose is one that remains small and does not lose it's interest in algae while many others simply stop eating it when they come to relaize that the fish foods being offered are much easier to get than all of the work of cleaning glass,substrates,or ornaments.
Some Plecos grow quite large and others remain small, some Plecos are herbivores, some omnivores,and some are carnivores.
Research the fish that interests you and see what enviornment along with foods are required.
Do also keep in mind that many of the Plecos create much more waste than any benefit they may provide with respect to cleaning algae and as such,,they place a significant load on the filter in all but the most heavily filtered tanks.
Would stay clear of Chinese Algae eaters and would not accept one if it were given to me. They are reportedly not from China ,and are very poor algae eaters except when very small. They much prefer to eat fish foods and as they mature,,they become increasingly more aggressive with those other fishes in the tank.
Last edited by 1077; 09-25-2010 at 01:00 AM..