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Old 08-22-2013, 12:35 PM   #1
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Any small species of Plecostomas?

I was just wondering if there were any species of Plecostomas suitable for 10 gallon. I donno like 2-4 inches. Thanks for listening
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Old 08-22-2013, 12:44 PM   #2
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The bristlenose pleco usually stays under 5". Try to get a female, as they are usually smaller.

Albino bristlenose plecos are usually smaller than the regulars too.
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Old 08-22-2013, 12:54 PM   #3
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No pleco is suitable for a 10 gallon because of how high their bioload is. The bristlenoses are the smallest common species of pleco and even they shouldn't have anything less than a 30 at absolute minimum.

You could get a young juvenile BN upgrade when he gets too big
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Old 08-22-2013, 12:57 PM   #4
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Well I'm gonna get an upgrade in twelve months to a tank of my choosing 15-25 Gallon so that should be alright because the Brittlenose Pleco won't reach full size in a year right?
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No pleco for a 10 gallon, even a small pleco like a rio negro is too small, a 20 gallon is the minimum and a bn pleco can get 6 inches
You can try oto cats, I have some on my 29 gallon and they are very cool!
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If its a well established tank, otocinclus could work
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I would get a 29, the smallest I have to say is the rio negro pleco at the biggest I have seen is 3-4 inches, but still 20 gallons I would do oto cats
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If its a well established tank, otocinclus could work
+1 they only feed on bio film
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Thank you so much guys I am going to get 3 panda cories and It was just the choice between a pleco and two otos
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I would get a 29, the smallest I have to say is the rio negro pleco at the biggest I have seen is 3-4 inches, but still 20 gallons I would do oto cats
At my trusted LFS they have Otos, Zebra Otos and a wide variety of Corydoras Catfish and Plecostomas
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Old 08-22-2013, 03:18 PM   #11
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Nerite snails and amano shrimp are also very well suited for a 10g tank.
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Nerite snails and amano shrimp are also very well suited for a 10g tank.
3 Panda Corydoras?
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Old 08-24-2013, 01:54 PM   #13
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I wouldn't recommend panda cories for a 10 gallon either. They need a group of at least 4 to feel comfortable and that many is too much gore your tank. if you are set on cories try pygmy.
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I wouldn't recommend panda cories for a 10 gallon either. They need a group of at least 4 to feel comfortable and that many is too much gore your tank. if you are set on cories try pygmy.
Upgrading to a 30 gallon or more in 8 months. And my pet store sells them when they are only 1/2 an inch long so they won't get to full size before I upgrade
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I wouldn't recommend panda cories for a 10 gallon either. They need a group of at least 4 to feel comfortable and that many is too much gore your tank. if you are set on cories try pygmy.
Pandas arent much bigger then pygmies...
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Pandas arent much bigger then pygmies...
Yeah they are. They may only be like 1/2 an inch to 1 inch bigger in length, but they have huge body masses compared to Pygmy species.
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Yeah they are. They may only be like 1/2 an inch to 1 inch bigger in length, but they have huge body masses compared to Pygmy species.
Well I don't see a problem with panda cories in a 10 gallon
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I would get a 29, the smallest I have to say is the rio negro pleco at the biggest I have seen is 3-4 inches, but still 20 gallons I would do oto cats
Rio Negro Pleco's do good to reach 3 inches max. This last one I've had for the past couple years hasn't reached 2-1/2" yet. Plus they are very secretive and rarely seen. I actually got a good look at her about a week ago and she is really closer to 2". She's barely grown in all this time.
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I'd personally go with the otos. Male Bristlenoses definitely get to 6 inch and the girls about 4, and even something like the rubbernose plec will get to about 4 inch and are a very messy fish.
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Thumbs up otocinclus

+1 for otocinclus

I put a pair of otos (o. hoppei) in our established 6G cyl tank and they are going to town on all the slimy surfaces.

Great fish, really focused, not aggressive and fun to watch.

I'm wondering if 2 is too many for our tank
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