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iceprizm 06-03-2009 07:55 AM

Candy Stripe Pleco (l-137)
i saw this pleco for sale and liked the color of it. does anyone have any experience with it?
suppose to stay small?

1077 06-03-2009 08:24 AM

I have a candy striped pleco. They will prolly not get much over four or five inches.They don't appear to be all that interested in algae. They do like frozen shrimp,krill,flake food,bloodworms,etc. Said to be omnivores which means they will eat just about everything. Mine does like to rasp (chew), on driftwood. They look similar to the clown pleco but having kept both, I believe the candy striped to be the more visible fish during the period that lights are on. These fish like most plecos will appreciate well oxygenated water with moderate current. I keep mine with a couple severums in 75 gal tank ,with Two emperor400's for filtration and a sponge filter with small aquaclear powerhead.

iceprizm 06-03-2009 06:07 PM

wow thats alot of filtration. sounds good as long as it doesnt hide during the day, although i would like a pleco that would eat algae. maybe a pitbull pleco?

1077 06-04-2009 01:29 AM

If you are looking for a pleco that stays relatively small and loves algae, then the Bristlenose pleco is the one I would select. I would wait until I had sufficent algae growth before I introduced the fish. You might like to visit there is much information there on all things catfish. Plecos too.

iceprizm 06-04-2009 07:48 AM

yes the bristle sounds ideal. i read that the albino stays smaller than the regular bristle, any truth to this?

1077 06-04-2009 08:39 AM

I believe they don't grow as fast.

iceprizm 06-04-2009 08:41 PM

would the bristle eat live plants too? my 55g is a planted tank and i would like to add a pleco there too.

1077 06-06-2009 03:36 AM

They usually leave live plants alone but will eat any dying or decaying leaves.

iceprizm 06-06-2009 07:31 AM


Originally Posted by 1077 (Post 201943)
They usually leave live plants alone but will eat any dying or decaying leaves.

great just what i am looking for. its no wonder so many recommend these guys. thanks.

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