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post #1 of 4 Old 10-11-2017, 03:02 PM Thread Starter
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Question What Should Replace Common Pleco?

I have a common Pleco whose bioload is overcoming the system and I'm ending up with detectable levels of ammonia. What other Catfish with algae-eating capacities that is not to expensive could I get. I have tetras, Swordtails, Mollies, Platies, Pearl Gourami's, and the Sucker-mouth Catfish (Common Pleco)

60-gallon:1common Pleco, 1 bristle-nose Pleco,9 neon tetras,2 pearl gouramis, 1 gold twin-bar platie, 2 pineapple swordtails, 1 golden panda molly.
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Ive said this before... and id say it again. Bristlenose pleco, L number series, otos, whiptails (maybe? They can be a little difficult to keep)...

Edit. Get snails. Apple, Malaysian trumpet or nerite make great choices. They have a smaller bioload and do the same job.
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I've never had any problems with 'Impulse Buying'. They're just animals that I forgot I had planned to get.
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What are L number series and otos?

60-gallon:1common Pleco, 1 bristle-nose Pleco,9 neon tetras,2 pearl gouramis, 1 gold twin-bar platie, 2 pineapple swordtails, 1 golden panda molly.
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L number series are a bunch of plecos (loricariid)... most havent been given proper scientific or common names yet and as a result, often have a L followed by a series of numbers.
Google loricariid.
Otos are otocinclus catfish or pleco...

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