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Old 09-01-2006, 05:00 PM   #11
 
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I just have one common pleco. Later on when I know my tank is doing the best it can I will be getting other type's :D
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Old 09-01-2006, 05:17 PM   #12
 
I just have 1 common but I want to get a bristlenose eventually :)
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Old 09-01-2006, 09:43 PM   #13
 
I too made the mistake of getting my pleco while my tank was maturing. I fed him algae pellets but I think it was a case of too little too late. I feel really bad. He was a gold nugget pleco. My first casualty. How long should you wait before introducing a pleco? I would like to get another. Deefish is Deead.:(
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Old 09-01-2006, 10:22 PM   #14
 
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How long should you wait before introducing a pleco?
It's best to buy a plec only after the tank has finished cycling. To be safe, wait for 2 months after tank has cycled. Plecs aren't that hardy at all.
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Old 09-01-2006, 10:31 PM   #15
 
Thanks Blue. I think that I should have picked a smaller pleco as I have only a 20 gal tank now. I saw someone on the forum stated that a "candy" plec would be good for that size. I will certainly wait but perhaps you would recommend a different variety than a gold nuggett. I didn't know that they grew to 18 inches! Deefish
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Old 09-02-2006, 02:00 AM   #16
 
I do not agree to that, plecos can be kept in a tank once your water quality is good, I have 3 plecos in my tank and the filter is only 1-1 1/12 months old, and my water is excellent.
So post your water parameters up here and ill tell you weather your pleco safe. For a 20 gal you have many options available, and pleco that does not get over 4'' will be happy in your tank. I could give you a few like: L002, L204, L168, L144, BN. All these fish plus many more would make a nice hope out of your 20 gal.
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Old 09-02-2006, 02:06 AM   #17
 
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Maybe so, Zeb. But personally, we do not recommend placing plecs in new tanks to be safe. Either your fish or risk.
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Old 09-02-2006, 02:20 AM   #18
 
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Thanks Blue. I think that I should have picked a smaller pleco as I have only a 20 gal tank now. I saw someone on the forum stated that a "candy" plec would be good for that size. I will certainly wait but perhaps you would recommend a different variety than a gold nuggett. I didn't know that they grew to 18 inches! Deefish
It all depends, there are different types of GN (L-18, L-81, L-177). The L-81 is supposed to only get about 7.1" according to PlanetCatfish. If I remember correctly, the one with the smaller spots are sensitive to tank conditions, so they should be added in a mature tank. Don't ask me which one is which, since I have a GN and have been told it's an L-18, but looking at some of the pics on PlanetCatfish, it also could be an L-81. I've had mine for about 5 years and it's about 4" now. I bought it when it was about 3" or so.
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Old 09-02-2006, 02:33 AM   #19
 
year, dont do it but I mean you could do it if you wish.
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Old 09-02-2006, 02:36 AM   #20
 
BTW, here are the links for my plecos...
(1) L-18 Gold nugget (about 4")
(1) L-333 (about 4.25")
(2) L-46 Zebra Pleco (juveniles) (top is about 2", bottom is about 1.25")

Picking up an L-183 (Starlight Brisstlenoes) and L-260 (Queen Arabesque) pleco.
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