05-01-2011, 01:26 PM
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I concur. The common pleco gets very large, attaining 2 feet, and requires a very large tank. It also has a heavy impact on the bioload which can seriously impact water quality. It is also nocturnal by nature, so prone to hiding during daylight.
Among similar type fish, the smaller species in Hypancistrus would be better; they max out at 4-5 inches and would be fine (one only) in a 55g tank. There is also the Bristlenose Pleco, another small species (or several species, there are many "bristlenose" plecos). Some of these are included in our profiles, second tab from the left in the blue bar across the top, then click on the Catfish species. When the name is identical in posts to the profile name, scientific or common, it will be shaded as you see for Bristlenose Pleco, and you can click on that to go directly to the profile. But we also have a couple species from the Hypancistrus genus.
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