05-08-2007, 09:43 PM
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Originally Posted by ShawnMcc
The species name is Loricariidae. One more question is this a good first fish. Or should I just go with the tetras first.
I like the smaller plecos (Bristle Nose, ...). The common plecos and the larger fish get huge for most tanks and they are prolific waste sources on ammonia levels and the larger ones in sizable groups could require quite a bit of gravel vacuuming. Though most plecos do tend to be "bullet proof" compared to other fish for tolerances. Be aware, the larger plecos do tend to get "lazy" as they get older and are less likely to eat the algae off the sides.
As for tetras, be careful. Some are less tolerant than others. The cardinal tetra for example is the canary of the fish world. I saw a tank lose 40+ overnight with no explanation (ammonia and nitrites didn't noticably spike, ...).
A good first fish IMHO is the cherry barb, they are very hardy, will eat algae, are pretty playful and are pretty. Plus, they are super easy to sex, males are bright red, females are beige. I've not had my cherry barbs attack anyone.