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Old 04-06-2012, 10:43 PM   #1
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Outgoing Catfish

After giving up on increasing my Otocinclus numbers (added two additional to my current ones and they both died within a week), I am wanting to get some other catfish that is active. I have a Bristlenose and a Clown Pleco, but neither one of them come out very often. I may see them out during the day a couple times in a month. Now I do realize that being catfish they are mainly nocturnal, but are there any other Plecos that are outgoing and would be comfortable in a 55?
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Old 04-06-2012, 10:47 PM   #2
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Have you looked into different species of Cory cats?
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Old 04-06-2012, 11:02 PM   #3
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My cory cats are very active
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Old 04-06-2012, 11:07 PM   #4
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Well it's not a cat fish, but have considered a loach? More along the lines of an angelicus botia. They only get six inchs but are lively as every.
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Well it's not a cat fish, but have considered a loach? More along the lines of an angelicus botia. They only get six inchs but are lively as every.
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How about a syndontis? , my featherfin is out swimming all the time.
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Old 04-07-2012, 11:05 AM   #7
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Well, right now I have 8 or so Kuhlis that only come out during feeding time. I would get rid of them, but the buggers are a royal pain in the butt to catch. I just wish I had a decent size pleco that would actually come out during the day. Like I said my BNP just chills out in a cave and my Clown stays right on "his" piece of driftwood. I have heard female BNP's are more outgoing, but don't know if I can keep 1 male and 1 female or if the ratio needs to be 1m : 2f. I'll have to check my nitrates too, because I don't want to end up getting them higher than normal (planted tank and they stay around 15).
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How about a syndontis? , my featherfin is out swimming all the time.
Really? My cuckoo cat is never out during the day :/
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Old 04-07-2012, 11:40 AM   #9
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I have a Bristlenose and a Clown Pleco, but neither one of them come out very often.
My husband has a single clown, never see him. I have 2 bristlenoses, they are out and about all day long. Must have something to do with the number. How about a little research to see which plecos stay small enough that you could have more than 1 in your 55?

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How about a syndontis? , my featherfin is out swimming all the time.
+1 Mine is cruising the tank no matter day or night. I'm not so sure I'd recommend a featherfin for a 55 though. I have mine in my 75 and can't visualize him in something smaller.
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I know Plecos species fairly well and I have an idea of what species can fit in a 55g comfortably, my biggest thing is the thing coming out during the day and not being territorial with existing species ( aforementioned Plecos, Glowlights Tetras, Marbled Hatchets, Kuhlis, and Pearl Gourami).

Nitrates are currently holding around 5- 10 ppm.
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