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29Kilo29 07-10-2011 08:22 PM

Pleco for a 75 Gallon?
 
Hi,

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.

1077 07-10-2011 10:46 PM

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Originally Posted by 29Kilo29 (Post 730429)
Hi,

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 .

Byron 07-11-2011 11:50 AM

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).

Byron.

29Kilo29 07-11-2011 02:34 PM

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 :)

Thanks.

Byron 07-11-2011 04:23 PM

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Originally Posted by 29Kilo29 (Post 731483)
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 :)

Thanks.

No problem. What type of algae? All of the so-called algae-eating fish are fairly restrictive in the type ofalgae they will eat. Most catfish will not touch algae, at least not in any significant amount.

29Kilo29 07-11-2011 05:57 PM

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Originally Posted by Byron (Post 731634)
No problem. What type of algae? All of the so-called algae-eating fish are fairly restrictive in the type ofalgae they will eat. Most catfish will not touch algae, at least not in any significant amount.

Err... I really have no idea what kind of algae. Whatever kind grows on gravel and glass I guess.

Byron 07-11-2011 06:30 PM

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Originally Posted by 29Kilo29 (Post 731769)
Err... I really have no idea what kind of algae. Whatever kind grows on gravel and glass I guess.

That could be any of several;-). Any chance of a photo? Or a description including colour, appearance, etc. might help us pin it down.


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