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Old 11-22-2012, 11:07 PM   #1
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Best pleco for a malawi tank?

Any suggestions for the best pleco to go in that which is a Malawian cichlid tank?
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Old 11-23-2012, 12:20 AM   #2
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I love bristle nose plecos. Depending on the size of your tank you could go for a bigger species but they get rather large. I have a sailfin leopard pleco in my 180 and he is awesome, hes pushing 11" now. Bn plecos get to be 4 to 5 inches.
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Old 11-23-2012, 08:47 AM   #3
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Is there a reason you feel that you need a Pleco? I find Its pretty easy to keep algae under control simply by limiting light and not over feeding. If you do develop algae its best to figure out why you have it than buying livestock to combat it. however if you do feel the need to buy something that eats then IMO nerite snails do a much better job getting rid if algae than a Pleco. They also have very little bioload and can not reproduce in freshwater.
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Old 11-23-2012, 07:36 PM   #4
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The algae is not bad at all but i figured it was standard and I think they are cool fish. I keep my tank clean but would feed wafers.
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Old 11-24-2012, 01:18 AM   #5
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I like the way plecos look, its the only reason i have them.
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Old 11-24-2012, 09:15 PM   #6
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Yeah they are kind of the whale shark of the tank lol.
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Old 11-25-2012, 12:23 AM   #7
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i have a 13" sailfin pleco in my 120 gallon mbuna tank and he rocks it. Just acclimate slowly and whatever pleco you chose should be fine.
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