Originally Posted by Wilks
I was planning to keep the Pleco for as long as I can, then give him to a friend that has a large tank. How long until he gets too big?
It depends on what pleco you got, if it's a common just return it, better to get rid of it ASAP
If a bristlenose I don't recommend keeping it in a 10 forever. that tank will stunt the growth, and unless you plan on getting a bigger tank for it within 6-8 months get rid of it. It may clean algae but the pros of having one for the tank are greatly outweighed by how much waste they produce. A big bioload for a ten gallon if you ask me.
There aren't many plecs suitable for a 10 gallon, the only one that may work is a rio negro/clown pleco. They stay small, but will not clean your algae, as they will be on wood all day.
If you want an algae cleaner, wait till your tank is mature and established and get yourself an otocinclus catfish.