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had a wee look for you. apparently zebra and queen arabesque plecos will only grow to 3 1/2", and candy striped ones to 4" but you might want to check this out yourself before getting one. they are some of the nicest looking plecos i have seen, and also the more expensive

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max size 5-6", pushing it a bit maybe. this information is all just from doing a wee search on google or checking www.thetropicaltank.com btw. im no expert by any stretch of the imagination so dont take everything i say too much to heart. what other fish do you have in the tank out of interest?
 

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nothing yet

but i want

dwarf gouramis (pair)
guppies (at least 2 male)
3-4 peppered cories

going to be in a 15g. the question was really just hypothetical but if i can id love a plec!! :lol:
 

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maybe a zebra plec if you want one then since theyre smallest, and imo theyre probably the prettiest as well, cause you really dont want too many fish in the tank, itll just get dirty easier and they wont be as happy. if you get only what you said a zebra pleco would probably be alright especially since they dont swim about a lot but make sure you do regular water changes and have a decent filter since the cories and pleco are mainly bottom dwellers, where there is the least oxygen.
 

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i have an air stone to help with oxygen.

also i can't afford zebra plecs. cheapest i've seen is £70, that is approx.
$130-$140!!!!! :!:
 

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no need to convert things into dollars, pounds will do just fine - never can be bothered figuring out exchange rates.

http://www.tropicalfish4u.co.uk/acatalog/Queen_Arabesque_Pleco__L-260_.html

theyre quite pretty too and it says theyre £22.26 which is much more affordable. if theyre that price online then theyre probably similar in the fish stores. i take it since you were putting prices in pounds there that you live in britain and not america? on the extreme off chance that you live in or near glasgow then (??) theres a store i was in only today that had all sorts of plecs, ill probably be in relatively shortly so ill have a look and see what theyve got and let you know.
 

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sorry i live no where near glasgow and i live in the south. are you sure i could have a queen arabesque with my othe fish i want??
 

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oh hold on! like i said im not an expert and got the information just by doing searches. from what information i saw it would seem ok but they seem to need quite specalist conditions:

Water should not have any nitrites and as few nitrates as possible. Dissolved oxygen level as high as possible. Fast current.

Fine sand, as much cave as possible, the one in the current will be the preferred ones. Driftwood but only for aesthetic purpose as they don't chew it. Dim light Plants can be kept as L260 don't eat them.


Gouramis like gentler currents so maybe not a very good match but i wouldnt see it being a problem for guppys or corys. the sand that the pleco would need would be quite good to make sure the cories dont damage their barbells actually. just depends really what fish it is that you want the most.
 

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PITBULL PLECOS they are cheap and very small 3 inch max and they dont mind company
 

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A clown pleco, or 1 or 2 pitbulls would be awesome :D

If you go with a clown make sure you have wood, since they are a wood eating plec.
 

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they prefer to be yes, i would get a small group of lda25 (3 max) or the same amount of otos, they will do the same job on algae control.

where have you seen zebs for £70 btw?
 

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i have seen them for that and more on ebay.

i think i might get a pitbull or 2 when they are in stock. will i expect them regularly in stock and do they breed well in an aquarium? do i need wood for them? thanks for the help

so i can have:

1-2 pitbulls
4 peppered cories
3 male guppies
pair of dwarf gouramis

in a 15g/60l ( i have good (not great) filtration, aeration and i will do 35-40% water changes weekly.
 

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i went to my petshop yesterday and found clown plecs. could i have one of them instead? i have never seen a pitbull in my petshop so i dont know if they will ever have them. if i cant have a clown pec i will ask the pet shop and wait until they come in.

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tom14 said:
i went to my petshop yesterday and found clown plecs. could i have one of them instead? i have never seen a pitbull in my petshop so i dont know if they will ever have them. if i cant have a clown pec i will ask the pet shop and wait until they come in.

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1 Clown would be awesome :D

A clown pleco has to have some driftwood, pitbull does not, but he would probably like some.

A clown pleco is a panaque, which is one of the few (I am not sure if it is the only) families of loricariidae that have a special wood digesting bacteria in there gut.

In the wild they eat almost exclusivly wood, and can certainly survive on wood alone, but it is really messy in a tank.
 

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i'm not getting a clown i don't think. it says they like bigger tanks.

however, i think i will either get 2 pitbulls or one queen arabesque to go with my 3 guppies, pair of dwarf gouramis and my four peppered cories in my lovely 60l/15g.
 
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