Common pleco alternative.

Discussion in 'Freshwater Beginners' started by MatthewM, Jul 10, 2015.

  1. MatthewM

    MatthewM Valued Member Member

    Sick and tired of my cp's aggression and uprooting of my plants every night. He is going asap, what is a good alternative that doesnt get big and wont uproot all my plants? Doesnt even have to be a pleco. I just want it to eat algae and be nice and small
     
  2. AquaticBrandon

    AquaticBrandon Well Known Member Member

    Yeah I remember when I had a common pleco. That thing was getting pretty big and would knock off rocks and sometimes uproot my plants. What about a BN pleco? I have one and he isn't a problem with my plants . :)


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  3. Dom90

    Dom90 Fishlore VIP Member

    School of Siamese Algae Eaters, they eat all kinds of algae. They actually will eat stuff off the plants and keep them clean too.
     




  4. OP
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    MatthewM

    MatthewM Valued Member Member

    Refuse to mess with those. I always hear bad things about them. Otos are fine. But not true cae's.
     
  5. Bijou88

    Bijou88 Well Known Member Member

    How about a school of otos? They stay small and cute. :)

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  6. Dom90

    Dom90 Fishlore VIP Member

    You are probably thinking of the False SAEs, the Chinese Algae Eaters. Those get aggressive as they age and will eat the slime coat off other fish. The true SAEs, on the other hand, are passive and just keep to themselves and eat algae, they dont bother other fish. I have six of them so I have first-hand experience.
     
  7. OP
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    MatthewM

    MatthewM Valued Member Member

    I just dont like the looks of them :/ albino at least. Thats all i ever see is albino. What about other fancy plecos? (Im referring to bn pleco btw)
     
  8. Anders247

    Anders247 Fishlore Legend Member

    This the the 75? Green phantoms if you can afford them.
     
  9. OP
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    MatthewM

    MatthewM Valued Member Member

    How about blue? The store i go to has blue, and all kinds of expensive other fancy's. I'm willing to pay.
     
  10. Dom90

    Dom90 Fishlore VIP Member

    Whoa never seen a pleco in another color before other than the standard brown/orange tint.
     
  11. Anders247

    Anders247 Fishlore Legend Member

    Blue would work too.
     
  12. alink

    alink Well Known Member Member

  13. Dom90

    Dom90 Fishlore VIP Member

    Those royal plecos are pretty pricey too.
     
  14. OP
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    MatthewM

    MatthewM Valued Member Member

    Those get quite large too :p

    Lol not that much
     
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  15. Gekco

    Gekco Well Known Member Member

    If you want something that says nice and small and eats algae then put in nerite snails. They look nice too :D


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  16. Dom90

    Dom90 Fishlore VIP Member

    Personally, I would not do snails in a big tank like a 75g. There's some pretty big fish in there :eek:


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  17. alink

    alink Well Known Member Member

    A wise man (wish I remembered who it was) said:
     
  18. BDpups

    BDpups Well Known Member Member

    What bad things have you heard about SAE's? I wouldn't have a planted tank without them myself.
     
  19. Anders247

    Anders247 Fishlore Legend Member

    I think he's confusing chinese algae eaters with siamese algae eaters.
     
  20. BDpups

    BDpups Well Known Member Member

    Gotcha. Thanks.
     




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