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post #1 of 10 Old 06-07-2007, 10:03 PM Thread Starter
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To Pleco or not to Pleco?

...in a 29g
What type and their Full Grown Maximum size please, Thank You

Current Tank inhabitants:
1-Common Goldfish(sole survivor of the cycle phase)
1 Silver Male Fancy Guppy
5 Black Neon Tetra's
4- Juvenile Emerald Cory's

Also the GoldFish will be moved to another tank in a month or so.

I know I dont want a "Common Pleco" because they can get so big

How big does the "Golden Nugget" become??? thats a gorgeous species 8)
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post #2 of 10 Old 06-07-2007, 10:22 PM
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Bristlenose plecs are good choices. They grow to 5 inches max fortunately.

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post #3 of 10 Old 06-08-2007, 07:15 AM
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The Goldnugget pleco is almost the same as the common size-wise with a max size of around 12" I'm afraid.

Ancistrus (bristlenose), clown, bulldog, pitbull, queen arabesque would all be suitable plecs for you. My personal taste from this lot would be the bristlenose like Lupin suggested.
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post #4 of 10 Old 06-08-2007, 09:26 AM
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I third the suggestion for the bristlenose. My LFS just got in chocolate plecos which are kinda wierd looking. They stay smaller too.

If you do get a pleco, make sure it's a smaller pleco. Larger plecos (such as common) get "lazy" when they get larger and don't eat the algae off the sides.
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post #5 of 10 Old 06-08-2007, 05:27 PM
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The Goldnugget pleco is almost the same as the common size-wise with a max size of around 12" I'm afraid.

Ancistrus (bristlenose), clown, bulldog, pitbull, queen arabesque would all be suitable plecs for you. My personal taste from this lot would be the bristlenose like Lupin suggested.
Fyi if you can find a L177 that will only reach 8ish inches and the chances of any other sp. of nugget reaching 12 inches in the typical home aquarium are small given the conditions will not replicate the natural ones.

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I third the suggestion for the bristlenose. My LFS just got in chocolate plecos which are kinda wierd looking. They stay smaller too.

If you do get a pleco, make sure it's a smaller pleco. Larger plecos (such as common) get "lazy" when they get larger and don't eat the algae off the sides.
Chocolate plecos in all probabiltiy are amelanistic commons so won't stay small please don't buy one for your tank.

doesn't sound like your tank is that mature, i would wait till its more so then perhaps look ar peckoltia sp. or ancistrus (brisltenose) as already suggested

there's a storm a coming........
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post #6 of 10 Old 06-09-2007, 01:22 AM
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I think there are 3 different species that go by gold nugget. I have one that ive had for about 3 years and hasnt broken the 4" mark.
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post #7 of 10 Old 06-09-2007, 05:26 AM
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I have a L134 a Leopard Frog peckolite. I think they grow to about 5-6 inches but they're not very outgoing (unless they're in numbers I believe). I've only seen mine out and about 3 times since October as he's largely nocturnal in nature. Nor is he an algae eater.

However, I wouldn't change him for the world, he's lovely

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post #8 of 10 Old 06-09-2007, 08:01 AM
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Very nice plec, Tigger.:D

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post #9 of 10 Old 06-09-2007, 09:53 AM
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Queen Arabesque Pleco

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It will need a rock or wood cave (preferably caves) to be happy.

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post #10 of 10 Old 06-09-2007, 08:37 PM
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Hiya,

I would suggest an ancistrus species as well... (bristlenose).. Not just due to the size, but they are also lower priced then some fancy plecos running at 5 to 15 dollars each depending on where you get it, but bristlenose will also eat algae and clean up uneaten food as well...

The other dwarf plecos such as L134's (I have a group of these and they are not nocturnal, they come out during the day and eat and chase each other) L160 are very beautiful but will run you 20 to 50 dollars a piece and do require excellent water quality..

Other species that are cost effective and good cleaners are pitbull plecos, clown plecos and bulldog plecos.. As Julie stated!! :)

Good Luck!
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