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Old 04-30-2005, 07:38 PM   #1
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Best looking pleco under 6"

Eventually my Royal pleco is going to outgrow my tank. Probably not for a year or so, but it will happen. This sucks, because they are the best looking fish I've ever kept, IMO.

Anyway, once it does and I pass it off to my LFS, what is the best looking pleco to replace it that stays under 6"? I hate Albino/white looking ones BTW, but I think those all get big anyway.
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L134 Leopard frog pleco. If you can find them, they are great little plecos. Gets 4-4.5" Here is a pic of one of mine.
But, clown plecos are very pretty if you have some driftwood in the tank. I also like the common bristlenosed, rubberlipped and bulldog plecos.
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Bristle nose and Rubber plec*s are cool.
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how large to Queen Arabescts get? They are gorgeous.

Here's pics from planetcatfish.com:

http://www.planetcatfish.com/catelog...ncis/229_f.php
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Bristle nose and Rubber plec*s are cool.
Not a big fan of either of them, sorry.
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how large to Queen Arabescts get? They are gorgeous.

Here's pics from planetcatfish.com:

http://www.planetcatfish.com/catelog...ncis/229_f.php
Now thats a pleco! I hope they stay small, anyone?
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L134 Leopard frog pleco. If you can find them, they are great little plecos. Gets 4-4.5" Here is a pic of one of mine.
But, clown plecos are very pretty if you have some driftwood in the tank. I also like the common bristlenosed, rubberlipped and bulldog plecos.
I am probably going to have to order this kid, huh? I never see any cool plecos in shops, except one time I found a snowball in a LFS. My Royal I had to order online.
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how large to Queen Arabescts get? They are gorgeous.

Here's pics from planetcatfish.com:

http://www.planetcatfish.com/catelog...ncis/229_f.php
Now thats a pleco! I hope they stay small, anyone?
according to planetcatfish.com about 3.6" - scroll down from the thumbnails and it has the info.
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how large to Queen Arabescts get? They are gorgeous.

Here's pics from planetcatfish.com:

http://www.planetcatfish.com/catelog...ncis/229_f.php
Now thats a pleco! I hope they stay small, anyone?
according to planetcatfish.com about 3.6" - scroll down from the thumbnails and it has the info.
Great - thats my pleco... assuming I can find it anywhere
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how large to Queen Arabescts get? They are gorgeous.

Here's pics from planetcatfish.com:

http://www.planetcatfish.com/catelog...ncis/229_f.php
Now thats a pleco! I hope they stay small, anyone?
according to planetcatfish.com about 3.6" - scroll down from the thumbnails and it has the info.
Great - thats my pleco... assuming I can find it anywhere
you might have to ask your lfs to order it? I don't know if I have ever seen any in a lfs.
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I guess I will have to, thats a great looking pleco and the perfect size for my tank. I think I would even get two. Thanks for the suggestion.

What are some more common plecos that stay small just in case I have to buy it from a lfs' stock on hand?
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lori, i gotta get me one of those Queen Arabescts
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here is a good site that should help your pleco problems

http://www.timstropicals.com/Invento...besqueInfo.asp
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drs foster and smith sell them for a little uder $40, but shipping is what gets you. I like gold nuggets and I think my lfs usually carries them, so I might get one of them. Good idea? In a year of course I swear my royal is not growing (fine with me).
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Look on Aquabid for Plecos the variety is amazing! For my money the Zebra Plecos are the most spectacular, but it would be for my money you would pay at least $200 for one of those beauties now.

Aquabid has blue Plecos, striped Plecos, spotted Plecos, but all of these are pretty expensive especially when you add shipping. In general most of the fancier Plecos stay small, double check on Planet Catfish or something before you buy though!
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I know you said you don't like the bristlenose, but I am probably getting 4 of these in the next couple of months, and they don't don't get bigger than 6".

http://www.planetcatfish.com/catelog...stru/751_f.php

I think they are quite pretty also.
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I agree you can find some nice deals on aquabid.com. If your not in a hurry to get one, watch the catfish auctions for a few days and see what comes up. The gold nugget pleco is a nice pleco. But, like the one I posted for you, it also requires some meat in it's diet. I feed mine shrimp pellets. They love em.
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If you do take the plunge online, it's always better to order several fish than just one. It saves on the shipping costs that way. That includes Aquabid.
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L183 is a very nice looking plec. I have one that is a little over 1" and i love how he looks, plus he was a lot cheaper than my gold nugget (cost 13$ instead of 25$). And they stay under 4", check planetcatfish for pictures.
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`Oh and of course I should add that Red Whiptails are gorgeous and stay under 6". But unfortunetly you cannot get hold of them for love nor money as I am currently finding!
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