To Pleco or not to Pleco?
...in a 29g
What type and their Full Grown Maximum size please, Thank You :wink:
Current Tank inhabitants:
1-Common Goldfish(sole survivor of the cycle phase)
1 Silver Male Fancy Guppy
5 Black Neon Tetra's
4- Juvenile Emerald Cory's
Also the GoldFish will be moved to another tank in a month or so.
I know I dont want a "Common Pleco" because they can get so big :shock:
How big does the "Golden Nugget" become??? thats a gorgeous species 8)
Bristlenose plecs are good choices. They grow to 5 inches max fortunately.
The Goldnugget pleco is almost the same as the common size-wise with a max size of around 12" I'm afraid.
Ancistrus (bristlenose), clown, bulldog, pitbull, queen arabesque would all be suitable plecs for you. My personal taste from this lot would be the bristlenose like Lupin suggested.
I third the suggestion for the bristlenose. My LFS just got in chocolate plecos which are kinda wierd looking. They stay smaller too.
If you do get a pleco, make sure it's a smaller pleco. Larger plecos (such as common) get "lazy" when they get larger and don't eat the algae off the sides.
doesn't sound like your tank is that mature, i would wait till its more so then perhaps look ar peckoltia sp. or ancistrus (brisltenose) as already suggested
I think there are 3 different species that go by gold nugget. I have one that ive had for about 3 years and hasnt broken the 4" mark.
I have a L134 a Leopard Frog peckolite. I think they grow to about 5-6 inches but they're not very outgoing (unless they're in numbers I believe). I've only seen mine out and about 3 times since October as he's largely nocturnal in nature. Nor is he an algae eater.
However, I wouldn't change him for the world, he's lovely
Very nice plec, Tigger.:D
Queen Arabesque Pleco
It will need a rock or wood cave (preferably caves) to be happy.
I would suggest an ancistrus species as well... (bristlenose).. Not just due to the size, but they are also lower priced then some fancy plecos running at 5 to 15 dollars each depending on where you get it, but bristlenose will also eat algae and clean up uneaten food as well...
The other dwarf plecos such as L134's (I have a group of these and they are not nocturnal, they come out during the day and eat and chase each other) L160 are very beautiful but will run you 20 to 50 dollars a piece and do require excellent water quality..
Other species that are cost effective and good cleaners are pitbull plecos, clown plecos and bulldog plecos.. As Julie stated!! :)
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