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post #1 of 18 Old 11-07-2006, 01:47 PM Thread Starter
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What plecos should I get?

It is time to add some plecos to my tank. What kind should I get? I will not spend more than around 20$ for one, so it should be an inexpensive and easy to find one that stays under 6 inches and will NOT eat plants. What do you think?

90gal: 2x Tangerine Discus, 2x Clown Pleco, 2x Catfish.
75gal + 10gal sump: 2x Large Goldfish, 1x Common Pleco, 14x Leopard Danios
55gal: 5x Angelfish, 1x Common Pleco, 8x SIlver Tip Tetras, 16x Neon Tetras, 8x Albino Corys
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post #2 of 18 Old 11-07-2006, 03:39 PM
I have an L-018 gold nugget...



There are 3 types of gold nuggets, L-018, L-081, L-177. The L-018 are supposed to get up to 17" according to www.planetcatfish.com, but I had mine for over 5 years and it's only grown about 1" since I got it. It's not about 4". The other's remain about 7" or so.

If you look at planetcatfish catelog, there are LOTS to choose from...
http://planetcatfish.com/catelog/numbers.php
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post #3 of 18 Old 11-07-2006, 04:48 PM
Eddie has had succes with raising his GN but do keep in mind that many many owners have had the opposite luck with them. Also you'd be super lucky to find one around here for $20. Around here they begin at $25 for "collector" plecos. GN's run about $54. The flash and Queen arabesque (AKA the scribble) do not command high prices, stay small, and are neat to look at. I've come across a few Royals that were very small at the tim eof purchase for around $30 but they have specific diet needs.
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post #4 of 18 Old 11-07-2006, 04:50 PM
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For a NON plant eating small plec, my vote is for bristlenoses.
Love 'em.

Fish have taken over my house. I threw away my couch to make room for another 125 gallon.
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For a NON plant eating small plec, my vote is for bristlenoses.
Love 'em.
Me too. Although mine ate some of the leaves of my cryptocoryne crispatula. Hungry critter.

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I'm a sucker for Hypancistrus sp. so one of my favorites the L333 would do good....
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post #7 of 18 Old 11-07-2006, 10:22 PM Thread Starter
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So everyone is mentioning IDs "Lxxx" so where can I look up plecos but id and read about em? Also, would a place like petco/petsmart carry plecos or would i have to get my smaller lfs to special order em?

90gal: 2x Tangerine Discus, 2x Clown Pleco, 2x Catfish.
75gal + 10gal sump: 2x Large Goldfish, 1x Common Pleco, 14x Leopard Danios
55gal: 5x Angelfish, 1x Common Pleco, 8x SIlver Tip Tetras, 16x Neon Tetras, 8x Albino Corys
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It's very unlikely to find something of that nature at Petsmart or Petco. I would focus on a private LFS to order what you desire, but please check prices. Most of these species are going to be quite expensive.
As for bristlenose, they are known for eating plants, and are, in fact a vegetarian pleco.
Keep in mind, if it's not a plant eater, it will be a wood eater, so be ready to supply a lot of driftwood for food as much as for hiding.
Many people are disappointed when they buy these types of plecos because they find that they are more nocturnal in most cases, so only show up after the lights are out. They also tend to be very sensitive to water quality, so keeping an eye on water params is a must. These are not easy fish to keep, and I don't suggest them for beginners without first doing a lot of research on your chose type before purchasing it.
If you find these guys for around $20, let me know, because around here that is unheard of. Pricing here starts at about the $40 range, and works up to about $100+.
Let us know what you decide on.
Oh, and if you're looking for a book with the L numbers listed... check the AquaLogs. You will get the most info and biggest selection in there.

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So everyone is mentioning IDs "Lxxx" so where can I look up plecos but id and read about em? Also, would a place like petco/petsmart carry plecos or would i have to get my smaller lfs to special order em?
Planetcatfish would be your best bet(on sites) if you are looking for L-number plecs. You can't go wrong with the Freshwater Pictures and Videos section though. There are tons of pictures of L-number plecs in that section and it is worth looking there. (Thanks to the pleco fans. )
As to where you buy, as Dawn said, go with private lfs or any shop dedicated to fish. Shops that have a vast array of selections other than fish won't be of help for you. If not, keep in touch with some of the members here who keep plecs.
Some will offer to sell you some of their plecs if they like.

Pleco gang, post more pics of your L-number plecs. Your collection can serve as a good reference.

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For a NON plant eating small plec, my vote is for bristlenoses.
Love 'em.
all of my BN destroyed plants, even java ferns.
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