Which one is better?
I want to know the answers to some questions and some of your opinions to decide what fish I want to include in my new 20 gallon.
1) Which fish(s) do you think looks nicer?
a) 4 Otocincluses b) 1 Zebra Pleco
2) Are the 4 Oto Cats better at up algae than the Zebra Pleco (preferably brown algae)
3) Is the Zebra Pleco good at getting rid of brown algae?
4) Is the Zebra Pleco good at getting rid of algae other than brown algae?
5) I heard that the Zebra Pleco is less vegetarian than other Plecos. Will this affect its algae "cleaning" (if it does eat algae)
If people can give me some answers and opinions, that will be greatly appreciated
I do not know the answer to your question, I have not owned a zebra pleco or know much about them.
Otos, I do have and like, but have only had them a couple weeks, so not sure how well they clean up the brown algea yet. I may never know since I have been filling them up on veggies. I do know they are not recommened for a newly set up tank. Said to be a little sensitive.
I just wanted to comment because I noticed you have a 75 gal with 62 tiger barbs. Tiger barbs are one of my favorites of the fish I keep. You must be a fan as well, with a whole tank full of them. Have any pictures?
Ottocinclus will consume all the brown algae in fairly short order. At that point they will require green algae, as their natural instinct is to graze algae all day, and without it many aquarists find they die off. Some will supplement their diet with tablets (mine do) but still seem to require some algae to graze. Once they've got rid of the brown algae (diatoms) it shouldn't return unless water conditions deteriorate (they appear with excess nitrate).
On the zebra pleco, if you mean Hypancistrus zebra (picture attached), they are omnivorous (require animal and vegetable matter) but not known to eat algae. I maintained one for many years, and never saw him/her grazing any algae. It certainly loved tubifex and bloodworms though; it "lived" in a hollow piece of bogwood, and always came out at feeding time. Nice fish, and small (max 4 inches). I believe they are no longer exported from Brazil as they are an endangered species, so those in the hobby should be tank raised (hopefully). Apparently they are not difficult to spawn. But not an algae eater.
Thank you byron. I was thinking of getting a Pretty Peckoltia instead. In your opinion, do you find it more attractive than the oto cats? I read that they are "predominantly vegetarian" and I am wondering how those would do on algae (mainly brown) instead of the zebra pleco (Also known as the zebra peckoltia). They are also smaller.
Twistersmom, I am pleased to hear that you are a fan of Tiger Barbs. I find their antics very... addicting if you want to put it that way. Believe it or not, I have a Tiger Barb that was the only one to live through cyclng (now I use "fishless-cycling") around 10 months ago. He is now quite timid, despite being 3 1/8 of an inch long (HUGE!!). An albino leads the main group (5-6 barbs), but with so many barbs, they don't school as tightly as if you had only a few (5-9 barbs). We have gotton no eggs yet (a lot of non-parental fish with eggs...) but if I can get some before my 12th birthday, that would be good. Pictures, I have only the blurriest of the blurriest. My barbs hide at the mere sight of the camera, like it is the... reflecting glass of doom or something like that. I only have one video that I cannot seem to find...
Oh, and I have 61 tiger barbs for the count
[quote=Fusion MK;200328]Thank you byron. I was thinking of getting a Pretty Peckoltia instead. In your opinion, do you find it more attractive than the oto cats? I read that they are "predominantly vegetarian" and I am wondering how those would do on algae (mainly brown) instead of the zebra pleco (Also known as the zebra peckoltia). They are also smaller.
Most plecos that eat algae usefully get larger than you want in a 20g tank. A group of 3 ottocinclus would do the job (they are shoaling fish and should always be kept in groups; singly they frequently die off). Someone with experience in Peckoltia can tell us how good they are at eating algae.
Well, the books I have read say that the Pretty Peckoltia is mainly a vegetarian (algae, zuchinni, lettuce, etc. Do you think you could direct me to someone who knows about peckoltias?
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