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appycowgirl34 10-27-2007 01:23 AM

algae-eater and cichlids?
 
Is there any kind of algae-eater that mbuna cichlids won't torture/kill? Maybe a pleco that is bigger than they are? Or would they still chase it?

Becky

Gump 10-27-2007 01:39 AM

Ive kept common plecos with big SA bruisers. Its a good idea to have another tank to let the plecos repair themselves in the event they need to.

The-Wolf 10-27-2007 01:42 AM

I thought mbuna were algae eaters?
anyways, if your tank is big enough try a common pleco or an L001 or if you want a big nasty try a black shark Labeo chrysophekadion

if the tank is not huge then I suggest a vampire pleco (L007) or any of the royal plecs (L27,L27a,L27b etc)

GregV 10-27-2007 06:07 PM

I know people will shoot me for saying this, but Bigger CAEs (chinease algea eater) will work also, even the smaller ones are fast enough to get away from mbuna. when they get bigger the tables will turn though and they may harash the mbuna.

jcarter 10-30-2007 11:23 PM

i've had good luck with bristlenose plec's, but alot of compatibility depends on your fish's individual personality.

sean117Ply 10-31-2007 03:35 AM

I agree with jcarter, bristle nose plecs are your best option. Mbuna dont really notice them because they are so different as in different color, shape and feeding habits.

Holly 11-18-2007 08:19 PM

I have a pretty big bristle nose pleco who I'm going to be putting in my new cichlid tank but I've read that the mbuma's are aggressive....no? I'm still decieding on what type of cichlids I'm going with an I really like the mbuma's but i'm scarred of them hurting Plecy. He's the whole reason for the bigger tank. I going from a 29 to a 55.

Lupin 11-18-2007 10:07 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Holly
I have a pretty big bristle nose pleco who I'm going to be putting in my new cichlid tank but I've read that the mbuma's are aggressive....no? I'm still decieding on what type of cichlids I'm going with an I really like the mbuma's but i'm scarred of them hurting Plecy. He's the whole reason for the bigger tank. I going from a 29 to a 55.

A lot of mbunas are very aggressive. The pleco should never be housed with mbunas. Synos should be the norm as these are often left alone by belligerent cichlids.

With plecos, I'd keep them with rams, apistos, angelfish, discus, keyholes, severums, uarus and plenty other mild-mannered cichlids but not the mbunas. The yellow labs can be granted exception however as these happen to be one of the most mild-mannered of all mbunas.

derbyno1 11-19-2007 03:36 PM

i kept a syno with my african cichllids , and they was not a problem, but i went to the lfs this weekend and i saw in many of the african cichlid tanks i saw some plecs with them(nt show what 1's). nt sure if that is any help.

rocksout4cheese 11-22-2007 10:03 AM

i got a common pleco a few days ago... last night drove out of town to take my boyfriend to his parents' for thanksgiving... drove back this morning and my oscars had killed the poor thing. and my oscars are babies! there were plenty of hiding spaces for the pleco. i guess i know my guys aren't to be trusted now! at least not with anyone but each other...


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