To nugget or not to nugget

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I've seen a few gold nugget plecos for sale; they are beautiful! And now I want one  ;D But I also saw several rubber lip plecos, a queen arabesque pleco, and an albino chocolate pleco, as well, and those also intrigued me. What do y'all think?

I've been researching and I read at Planet Catfish that the gold nugget pleco will get aggressive when defending/claiming territory. How aggressive are we talking? As far as bottom feeders go, I have a clown pleco (and otos, if they count) in the tank and I don't want any bullying. I have a pretty large common pleco, so I'm not worried about that one.

AND is forty dollars an exorbitant price for a gold nugget?
 

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I don't know how aggressive that would be, but if you love your cory cats, you may want to consider getting one of those less aggressive plecos. I think $40.00 is about the going rate for the gold nuggets. You could try and find someone local that sells them (a hobbyist or breeder) or possibly get one on aquabid.
 

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The queen Arabesque is absolutely beautiful and only get 3.5 -4 inches, the Chocolate plec(same as my Rhino) and will get 8 inches both are very gentle and non-aggressive. I have heard the Gold Nuggets can be really aggressive.
Here are two of my Queen Arabesque babies. They are about 3/4 inch.
Carol
 

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I can't comment on the temperment of the gold nugget but I've seen them in my LFS for $39.99.
 
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Butterfly, those are pretty. I had no idea that Queen Arabesques looked like that; kind of like clown plecos, but black and white, huh? I must have been looking at a mislabeled fish; the one I saw was brown...a nice chocolate color, and it was white- or cream-spotted...very small, pinprick spots. Any idea of what it could have been? It was very small, maybe an inch long. It was labeled a Queen Arabesque. And I think it was about fifty dollars.

I got the gold nugget; I'm terrible, I know. They were just so striking, I couldn't resist. I also got another clown pleco. And more otos. I don't have a problem! I can stop any time I want!

The funny thing is that the clown pleco seems to be kind of elbowing the gold nugget a little bit. The gold nugget is easily the larger of the two.
 

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Don't have any idea what they were selling labled as Queen Arabesques. The QA'a have a definate black/white stripe.
Hope you enjoy your Nugget, they sure are pretty. After he settles in mabe you could post some pictures for us. Somebody else here has a nugget humm... David maybe?
Carol
 
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I put a few pictures in my gallery last night...under my login name. They're not very good quality, but they're the best of about one hundred shots.
 
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