Pleco for a 75 Gallon?
Need some advice - What would be a good pleco/bottom cleaner for a 75 gallon?
I will be getting it from Petsmart or Big Al's so, nothing too pricy or out of the way to get.
I personally like plecos and have several different species but purchasing them as "cleaner fish" is perhaps not wise if one consider's the amount of waste (poop) they create on daily basis. This result's in more waste to be removed with weekly water change rather than providing a cleaner substrate.
With that said , I would maybe select a species that does not get too large = less poop.
Bristlenose would be my first choice for they stay relatively small (5 inches), and are fairly easy to find .
Agree. It is hard to second guess what you might mean by "cleaner," since some fish are useful for picking up bits of food, no fish can exist on this but requires proper balanced nutrition suited to the species. And no fish will "clean" the substrate. Snails are better at this, along with plants and regular maintenance by the aquarist.
Corydoras and loaches (those species that remain suitable in size for a group in a 75g) are interesting fish that also help with substrate food, and some pleco species in for instance the genus Hypancistrus remain under 5-6 inches and are primarily carnivorous (i.e., not algae grazers like Bristlenose species).
Several of these are in our profiles, second tab from the left in the blue bar across the top, under catfish (cory species, pleco) and Cyprinids (loaches).
Sorry, by cleaner I meant something that will eat any extra food on the bottom, and algae. I currently have a type of pleco that does this in my 30 gal (forgot the name at the moment)... but he is pretty small and I would like something bigger in the 75 gal. Extra poop I can handle, as I do gravel vacuums weekly and change the water.
Would small catfish work as well?
I am not to familier with plecos, so bear with me :)
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