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Old 03-26-2008, 06:54 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I need a suckermouth cat for my biotope of South America. The problem is that the otocinclus I am after are very hard to find.
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oh yeah, they have to fit well with other fish in an Eclipse 12 tank.
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Default Re: Is there such a thing as a small pleco species?

Bristlenose (bushy nose), Pit Bull, and Rubber lipped are just a few that stay between 3 and 5 inches.
Bristlenose are the most hardy IME. I have never gotten a Rubber Lipped from PetSmart to live.
I am going to try the Pit bull next, they are supposed to be great at algae and don't eat plants from what I heard, but destroy any and all algae and detritus.
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thanks, can they be put alone? Or do they have to be kept with other Plecos?
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1 is fine, they can be aggresive towards each other, but if you have a pair, they will breed.
I think 1 per 15-20 gallons, IIRC, is a good stocking ratio.

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would they always hang out on the acrylic tank walls? Would they bother other fish? Will they damage the acrylic? I might try the Pitbull, seeing that I have an algae problem.

The thing is, they are a little big, are there any others from south America that are small like otocinclus, but are not otocinclus. (I have only found 1 place to buy otocinclus)
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I really like all otos, I just have no idea where to find the nice, good quality ones. I wish to buy zebra otos, but I have never seen these for sale.
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Default Re: Is there such a thing as a small pleco species?

Pit bull plecs are just a tad bigger than otos. If you go that route, one will be fine for the tank. If you supplement extra food, you could try two, they might get along, or they might fight.

Pit bulls can get really grumpy towards other fish that hang out around the bottom. Damage is unlikely, but they can cause a lot of stress...
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yeah, I want apistos, so pit bulls might not be a good idea if they get grumpy. Do YOU know where to buy otos? Are there any other fish that will eat algae? How about the Amazon ghost shrimp, the problem is, they can't get at the algae on the sides.
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clown pleco are the smallest
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