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Old 09-29-2006, 04:41 AM   #1
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10 gallon stocking

At the moment in my 10 gallon/40 Litre I have 2 otos, 5 rummy-nose tetras and a peppermint bristle nose. The bristle nose is going to be moved to a larger tank, if it gets too big. Do you think this is overstocked?

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No, but I would recommend not adding any more fish. You could get a snail. BN pleco's generally don't get much larger than 5", a 20 or 29 gallon would be more suitable once it gets larger, and then you can use the 10gallon as a QT tank.

Is your tank properly cycled?
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Ok great. No snails please, just got rid of them all. The peppermint BN is relatively smaller than the normal BN, but it will be moved to a 30 gallon when its bigger. I'll have the other fish when it goes in the bigger tank, and I already have a quarantine tank, so thats ok. The tanks been running for 2 years.
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Enigma is talking about mystery snails. They are actually a lot of fun, and you need two of them to reproduce. So if you only buy one, you'll never worry about having a zillion baby snails.

I've never heard of a peppermint bn. It sounds cute. Is it a separate species? I'm gonna go look it up
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I know about the snails, do they actually do anything for your tank? Do they make extra waste? The Peppermint Bristle Nose is a different species from the regular BN. (A lot more pricey too) They are black with white spots all over them, and some species have white tipped fins too.
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Peppermint plecos are beautiful! The one we have at the store doesn't have any bristles, so I guess it is a different species than yours. I'd love to see pics if you have any.

Mystery snails are kinda cool, but yes they do produce a lot of waste IMO.
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No Mystery snails then. The peppermint pleco and peppermint BN are two completely different species. The peppermint BN (What I have) is a species of Ancistrus. The pleco is a parancistrus species.
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