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post #1 of 8 Old 02-03-2013, 07:48 AM Thread Starter
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Cool water Pleco

Anyone know of a Pleco that likes 50-70 degree water? I'm looking for a large algea eater for a native tank.
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post #2 of 8 Old 02-03-2013, 02:08 PM
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Bristlenose Plecos are recommended for a goldfish tank. Why is your tank water reaching 50F? Such a large water temp margin.

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post #3 of 8 Old 02-03-2013, 03:27 PM
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Knowing more about the tank would make it easier to advise - beyond the temperature (that is quite a range of temps, do you really expect 20 degree fluctuations and, if not, what do you expect the temperature to be at?) - what size is the tank, what sort of "native" tank is it you are constructing, what will be the fellow inhabitants, will it be planted, will there be wood or other structure, etc?
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post #4 of 8 Old 02-03-2013, 03:28 PM
just want to point out that plecos don't solely feed on algae.
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post #5 of 8 Old 02-03-2013, 03:36 PM
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just want to point out that plecos don't solely feed on algae.
So true - algae is such a minimal part of my plecos diets.
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post #6 of 8 Old 02-03-2013, 04:20 PM
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That is very true. IME the best algae eaters are amano shrimps. Even mine get fed blanced veggies from time to time.

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post #7 of 8 Old 02-05-2013, 05:18 PM Thread Starter
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I am looking to build a 4' wide x 3'deep x 2' high acrylic tank. I think that will be around 170 gallons. It will be in my unheated basement where temps in the winter are around 55-57 degrees and about 63-68 in summer - hence the 50-70 degree range. Right now my only plans are for it to contain blue gill sunfish, not sure about other inhabitants. It will be unheated, planted and contain some driftwood. Its my understanding that Plecos wouldn't do well under 65 degrees. I know they don't only eat algea, mine also get veggies and even eat the fish food. I'm concerned ottos wouldn't like the cold temps also in addition to being too small - they might end up being dinner. I've had shrimp in these cooler temps, but fear they will also become food. This is why I'm looking for any tips...
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post #8 of 8 Old 02-05-2013, 05:42 PM
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I would suggest a heater. Atleast run it just during the colder times. My tanks sit at 75f without heater. But I run my heaters during the winter and mostly keep them in there because im lazy on taking them out.
Stable temp is your best friend with fish keeping. Most fish do better in a stable climate. Espeically if you're housing tropical fish.

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