A Good Size Tank For A Bn Pleco

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Hello

I have fallen in love with the BN pleco. Currently I do not have a tank that could house a BN. I would like to start planning and saving for an appropriate tank. I have a small house, so there are some constraints on size. BN owners, what size tank would a BN be more than confortable in?

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I would say the minimum would be a 20 gallon but I would lean more towards a 30/29g being better.
 

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At least a 2 feet wide tank with good hiding spaces for the BN Pleco. BN pleco as I am sure you know grows to about 6" and will need space to move around. With that said, I have seen folks have BN in a 10 gallon tank which I think is really really pushing it given the size of what BN gets to.

I agree, it is a lovely fish and my fav in my 75 gallon tank. It requires a little bit additional care with feeding in the night for it but a pleasure to have.
 
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I could definitely do a 30g-40g tank. I wouldn't have room for much bigger though. Would a BN be happy in a 30g?
 

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Depends on how big I guess. A full-grown six inch should have maybe around a 30 gallon at least, but juveniles can be done in a 10.
 
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Tesla said:
At least a 2 feet wide tank with good hiding spaces for the BN Pleco. BN pleco as I am sure you know grows to about 6" and will need space to move around. With that said, I have seen folks have BN in a 10 gallon tank which I think is really really pushing it given the size of what BN gets to.

I agree, it is a lovely fish and my fav in my 75 gallon tank. It requires a little bit additional care with feeding in the night for it but a pleasure to have.

I would never put one in a 10g. I have a 15 gallon now which I consider way too small. They need room to creep and explore.
 

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Mazeus said:
I could definitely do a 30g-40g tank. I wouldn't have room for much bigger though. Would a BN be happy in a 30g?
30g tank are usually 3ft wide, that is a good footprint for a BN Pleco. Again I would repeat and remind to give it good spaces to hide during the day. There would be days when you would not see it at all
 
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Thanks for the advice. I know they like caves and nooks under driftwood. I know I won't see the fish much but they are so darn cute! This tank is likely months away. I have to work on my other half and convince them that we definitely need another tank
 

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I had a small one in a 10G with a small common goldfish for about 6 months. He is now in a 29G with 16 tropical fish. He is now about 4" long. Have another one in a 55G with 4 fantail goldfish. They were bought at the same time and look about the same now. I didn't realize how wide they got! Sometimes he startles me when he crawls out of something.
 
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Goldiemom said:
I had a small one in a 10G with a small common goldfish for about 6 months. He is now in a 29G with 16 tropical fish. He is now about 4" long. Have another one in a 55G with 4 fantail goldfish. They were bought at the same time and look about the same now. I didn't realize how wide they got! Sometimes he startles me when he crawls out of something.
Good to know. I would keep other tropical fish with the pleco, but definitely will be planning the tank around the pleco.
 

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They are sweet fish...at least mine are. They never bother anybody and sometimes just come out to eat with everyone else.
 

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CloudTheFluffy said:
I would say the minimum would be a 20 gallon but I would lean more towards a 30/29g being better.
30 gallons is the minimum.
 

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Mine are young currently, but they are out and about during the day a lot. If you have room for a 29 or 40 breeder, that should be fine
 
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