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Old 12-29-2009, 01:00 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Anyone know what would be the smallest pleco species? and about how large do they grow?
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Old 12-29-2009, 02:06 PM   #2 (permalink)
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The smallest pleco species is, I believe, the emperor pleco. It reaches 2-3"
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Otos are the same family and they're smaller.
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clowns are really small. About 2" and very seclusive.
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Otocinclus, and there are several species are generally the smallest that are commonly available. Paraotocinclus are generally a bit larger, but still quite small.
Other small Loricariads include several Peckoltias and Panaques (Candy, Clown), Rubberlip (Chaetostoma sp), and one that I bought labeled 'Bulldog' that is absolutely NOT a Rubbernose or Rubberlip. The genus Rineloricaria has generally finer bodied fish that have therefor a smaller bioload than most of the Loricariads. The Farlowellas are also very thin, so while they may be 6"+ in length they also have a smaller impact on the tank than their plumper relatives.

You can search at planet catfish for small cats. Go to one of the species that you know is small (Otos, for example) and look for a search feature that says something like 'Find fish the same size'. The search is not just among Loricariads, but is within the Catfish family. You could start the search from an even smaller fish (Cory hastatus or similar) and see if any Loricarids show up.

http://www.planetcatfish.com/catelog...hp?family_id=4
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clowns are really small. About 2" and very seclusive.
The clown I had Loved to eat my sword plants! I got rid of him...
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Some Loricariads are not specifically algae eaters, but thrive on wood. (Others are more carnivorous) I would think that a fish with equipment to rasp wood would do a really good job of destroying plants, if they ever decided to rasp them for any reason.
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So I probably have to stick with otos then?
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How about bristlenose plecos? They are relatively small and don't seem to bother my plants.
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Zebra Pleco are SUPER DUPER tiny only a few inches long I believe 2-3 but are also Super expensive. About $100+ or more each I seen on the market.
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