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Evohuntinwrx 11-18-2008 11:19 AM

Plecos and Angels?
Hi guys
I have 4 little angels in my 30 gallon. But there is a significant layer of algae starting to grow on bottom. Wondering I can add a pleco or two so they can feed of it, and keep it under control.

Basically wondering do angels and plecos coexist well?


Mike Vera

1077 11-18-2008 11:26 AM

A bristlenose pleco or a farlowella would do well in 30 gal and pose no threat to your angelfish. The angelfish however will need a larger tank as they grow too large eventually for 30 gal.

SinCrisis 11-19-2008 11:38 AM

a pleco will grow quite large too so u should only get one. And a larger tank is a must.

1077 11-19-2008 11:47 AM

Bristlenose plecos rarely exceed five inches. Common plecos as stated grow large and would not be suitable for tanks smaller than 75 gal.;-)

Tyyrlym 11-19-2008 01:21 PM

If you're careful with the type of pleco they'll stay small. That said 95% of the plecos I see are just common plecos that can be tank busters.

I'll give my usual speech about controlling algae by identifying the causes and correcting those rather than relying on a fish to do it. Plecos will need some driftwood to gnaw on as they grow and there's a good chance that once you get them eating prepared food he'll ignore the algae. Then you're left with a pleco in your tank and you've still got algae. It might work out but the chances are good that in six months you'll be looking to sell someone a pleco and trying to find another way to fight the algae.

Evohuntinwrx 11-19-2008 01:44 PM

I ended up getting 2 Rubber mouth Plecos (rubber lipped?) I have heard they stay relatively small. Is that true?

All the Algae is gone lol

aunt kymmie 11-19-2008 05:01 PM

From what I've read it seems the average adult size is approx. 4".

panamera 11-26-2008 02:21 PM

just one thing you should know.... even with wont see much of an algae problem change.

Lupin 11-26-2008 07:24 PM

The following plecos that will do a nice job cleaning up the algae would be Sturisoma panamense, Ancistrus sp. and Panaque maccus. IMO, get nerite snails. These are better and smaller thus can effectively consume the algae. You will need to supplement them with vegetable matter and make sure your water is not acidic as this will cause shell erosion.

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