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Old 08-10-2013, 08:21 PM   #1
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Which pleco is best?

Which pleco should I get for my 20 gallon? It will be awhile but when im ready which would you choose? I'll have a nice rock formation that he/she can hide in I'm just looking for some opinions. Thanks guys!
P.S. I don't want one that will later outgrow the 20G so take that into consideration. Thank you guys!!
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Old 08-10-2013, 09:01 PM   #2
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Well from my knowledge, Bristlenose are the smallest pleco and require about a 30gallon tank. I would go with Oto catfish or something like that.
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So no 20 G pleco? lol do they need to be in groups or can they be single
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If I remember correctly, plecos are loners. Some can be territorial and aggressive as they grow. They also produce a lot of waste which is generally why even small ones like bristlenose need bigger tanks.
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No no the Otos sorry about that. Do they need to be in a group?
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Oops! Umm I don't remember if its necessary. I have 2 and they're relatively small guys. The ones I have seem happy together though. They do separate for periods of time and do their own thing. From my experience, I would say do 2.

And actually, live aquaria is saying 30gallon minimum but I've heard 10gallon minimum. I could be wrong though. Maybe someone with a bit more experience will comment?
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No no the Otos sorry about that. Do they need to be in a group?
they are a schooling fish and prefer to be in groups of 5+
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they are a schooling fish and prefer to be in groups of 5+
Trouble is, in a 20g there won't be enough biofilm for them to survive on
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What would happen if I just bought 1 or 2? I don't want to make them stress. In that case what else could I get?
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What would happen if I just bought 1 or 2? I don't want to make them stress. In that case what else could I get?
are you looking for something that will keep algae at bay?
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