Go Back   Aquarium Advice - Aquarium Forum Community > Freshwater > Freshwater & Brackish - General Discussion
Click Here to Login

Join Aquarium Advice Today
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com
 
Old 07-06-2013, 10:25 PM   #1
Aquarium Advice Freak
 
Dirt Diggler's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2013
Location: Jacksonville, North Carolina
Posts: 238
Cats and Plecs

Of the smaller cats and plecs, which has the smaller bio-footprint?
__________________

__________________
-Move over coffee, this is a job for beer!
Dirt Diggler is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-06-2013, 10:30 PM   #2
Aquarium Advice Freak
 
Dirt Diggler's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2013
Location: Jacksonville, North Carolina
Posts: 238
They are for a mbuna tank. I should have specified that.
__________________

__________________
-Move over coffee, this is a job for beer!
Dirt Diggler is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-06-2013, 11:08 PM   #3
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
bettaowner's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: Hawaii
Posts: 5,981
How big is the tank?
__________________
Rule number one: Always research a fish before you buy it.

Rule number two: Always cycle your tank.
bettaowner is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-06-2013, 11:36 PM   #4
Aquarium Advice Freak
 
Dirt Diggler's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2013
Location: Jacksonville, North Carolina
Posts: 238
Quote:
Originally Posted by bettaowner View Post
How big is the tank?
It's a 45 gallon. Got 12 juvie mbunas in it now. I think my LFS has zebra plecs and I'm about to buy them, but I wanted some info on their bioload compared to a s.peri catfish
__________________
-Move over coffee, this is a job for beer!
Dirt Diggler is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-06-2013, 11:45 PM   #5
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
bettaowner's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: Hawaii
Posts: 5,981
The mbuna can be aggressive and I wouldn't risk getting something like a zebra pleco that could end up getting beat up. If you want a pleco, I'd use the bristle nose pleco.
__________________
Rule number one: Always research a fish before you buy it.

Rule number two: Always cycle your tank.
bettaowner is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-06-2013, 11:49 PM   #6
Aquarium Advice Freak
 
Dirt Diggler's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2013
Location: Jacksonville, North Carolina
Posts: 238
Quote:
Originally Posted by bettaowner View Post
The mbuna can be aggressive and I wouldn't risk getting something like a zebra pleco that could end up getting beat up. If you want a pleco, I'd use the bristle nose pleco.
I've seen a lot about the BN pleco. How do they compare with the catfish as far as bioload is concerned?
__________________
-Move over coffee, this is a job for beer!
Dirt Diggler is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-07-2013, 12:24 AM   #7
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
bud29's Avatar

POTM Champion
 
Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: In a van, down by the river
Posts: 3,673
Send a message via Yahoo to bud29
Quote:
Originally Posted by Dirt Diggler View Post
It's a 45 gallon. Got 12 juvie mbunas in it now. I think my LFS has zebra plecs and I'm about to buy them, but I wanted some info on their bioload compared to a s.peri catfish
S. peri? Pardon me but what exactly is that? Do you mean syndontis petricola?

Also, zebra plecos? Those are usually MASSIVELY expensive ($150-$500 each). Are they truly zebra plecos or are they something like clown plecos?

Just for comparison

Zebra Plecos:
http://www.liveaquaria.com/images/ca...9980-pleco.jpg
http://24.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_lg...s5d3o1_500.jpg

Clown Plecos:
http://www.aquariumlife.net/profile-...lecostomus.jpg
http://www.tropicalfishkeeping.com/f...379913-800.jpg
__________________
[SIGPIC][/SIGPIC]
bud29 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-07-2013, 12:51 AM   #8
Aquarium Advice Freak
 
Dirt Diggler's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2013
Location: Jacksonville, North Carolina
Posts: 238
Quote:
Originally Posted by bud29 View Post
S. peri? Pardon me but what exactly is that? Do you mean syndontis petricola?

Also, zebra plecos? Those are usually MASSIVELY expensive ($150-$500 each). Are they truly zebra plecos or are they something like clown plecos?

Just for comparison

Zebra Plecos:
http://www.liveaquaria.com/images/ca...9980-pleco.jpg
http://24.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_lg...s5d3o1_500.jpg

Clown Plecos:
http://www.aquariumlife.net/profile-...lecostomus.jpg
http://www.tropicalfishkeeping.com/f...379913-800.jpg
Yes the s.petricola. I think I saw a couple at zebra plecs in the area. I'll have to check though. I THOUGHT they were zebra plecs, but I will have to go back and look again.
__________________
-Move over coffee, this is a job for beer!
Dirt Diggler is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-07-2013, 12:56 AM   #9
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
bettaowner's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: Hawaii
Posts: 5,981
Most small plecos don't have a high bioload so they shouldn't be a problem.
__________________
Rule number one: Always research a fish before you buy it.

Rule number two: Always cycle your tank.
bettaowner is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-07-2013, 01:19 AM   #10
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
bud29's Avatar

POTM Champion
 
Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: In a van, down by the river
Posts: 3,673
Send a message via Yahoo to bud29
Quote:
Originally Posted by Dirt Diggler View Post

Yes the s.petricola. I think I saw a couple at zebra plecs in the area. I'll have to check though. I THOUGHT they were zebra plecs, but I will have to go back and look again.
OK. Most LFS do not carry FW fish even close to the price of zebra plecos, so while I think they are probably clowns, it would be awesome if they truly were zebras.

Plecos in general are pretty big poop machines. However, their bioload is pretty comparable to that of other fish their size. I have heard stories of mbuna picking at pleco eyes - not sure how often that happens, but I know syndontis seem to be more often kept in an African tank.
__________________
[SIGPIC][/SIGPIC]
bud29 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-07-2013, 01:28 AM   #11
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
TheCommunityCichlid's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2013
Location: N. Illinois
Posts: 4,203
Could have been l333 or king tigers my lfs had them often.
__________________
TheCommunityCichlid is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-07-2013, 10:02 AM   #12
Aquarium Advice Freak
 
Dirt Diggler's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2013
Location: Jacksonville, North Carolina
Posts: 238
Quote:
Originally Posted by TheCommunityCichlid View Post
Could have been l333 or king tigers my lfs had them often.
I remember them being black and white, so I don't think they were clown plecos. They might have been the L333 plecos. I'll have to print the pictures off and take them with me to the LFS. I'll post a picture of whatever they are. It'd be sweet if there were a mix-up and I got the zebras. It could happen.
__________________
-Move over coffee, this is a job for beer!
Dirt Diggler is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-07-2013, 10:45 AM   #13
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
TheCommunityCichlid's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2013
Location: N. Illinois
Posts: 4,203
Quote:
Originally Posted by Dirt Diggler View Post

I remember them being black and white, so I don't think they were clown plecos. They might have been the L333 plecos. I'll have to print the pictures off and take them with me to the LFS. I'll post a picture of whatever they are. It'd be sweet if there were a mix-up and I got the zebras. It could happen.
Hahaha I have the same fantasy.
__________________
TheCommunityCichlid is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-07-2013, 12:02 PM   #14
Aquarium Advice Freak
 
Dirt Diggler's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2013
Location: Jacksonville, North Carolina
Posts: 238
Quote:
Originally Posted by TheCommunityCichlid View Post
Hahaha I have the same fantasy.
Where do Cory cats fit? I see them, but are they mbuna safe?
__________________
-Move over coffee, this is a job for beer!
Dirt Diggler is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-07-2013, 12:11 PM   #15
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
TheCommunityCichlid's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2013
Location: N. Illinois
Posts: 4,203
I would put then with my mbuna
__________________
TheCommunityCichlid is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-07-2013, 01:36 PM   #16
Aquarium Advice Freak
 
Dirt Diggler's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2013
Location: Jacksonville, North Carolina
Posts: 238
Quote:
Originally Posted by TheCommunityCichlid View Post
I would put then with my mbuna
Awesome. I'll have a cat mix for my tank now!
__________________
-Move over coffee, this is a job for beer!
Dirt Diggler is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-07-2013, 01:40 PM   #17
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
bud29's Avatar

POTM Champion
 
Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: In a van, down by the river
Posts: 3,673
Send a message via Yahoo to bud29
Quote:
Originally Posted by Dirt Diggler View Post

Awesome. I'll have a cat mix for my tank now!
Proceed with caution, due to the corys' small size. But it may work out
__________________
[SIGPIC][/SIGPIC]
bud29 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-09-2013, 05:16 PM   #18
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
TheCommunityCichlid's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2013
Location: N. Illinois
Posts: 4,203
I meant wouldn't put Cory's with mine. My mistake do not add!
__________________
TheCommunityCichlid is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-09-2013, 05:27 PM   #19
Aquarium Advice Freak
 
Dirt Diggler's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2013
Location: Jacksonville, North Carolina
Posts: 238
Turns out the fish I thought were zebras were Raphael cats! Once I got there, I saw the stripes and just shook my head. Well, it was nice to hope. I'm looking into the Corys as all my fish are juvies and are smallish. They function better in groups, but I don't want to overstock them.
__________________
-Move over coffee, this is a job for beer!
Dirt Diggler is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-09-2013, 05:34 PM   #20
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
TheCommunityCichlid's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2013
Location: N. Illinois
Posts: 4,203
Raphael's would be fine with mbuna. Extremely armored but they tend to hide all day. I had one with my Africans for years along within eclipse catfish.
__________________

__________________
TheCommunityCichlid is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off








» Photo Contest Winners







All times are GMT -4. The time now is 04:39 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2020, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.