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Old 09-21-2006, 12:37 AM   #1
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Medusa Head Pleco - more info?

These guys are awesome!!!

my tank is cycling right now and I have been thinking about what to put in it in when it's done.

I really like the way these guys look, but I havent found a whole lot of information about them... does anyone have experience? do they fight other fish? will one be enough to control algae in my 37gal tall tank? will it eat my plants? does it only eat off the bottom, or will it clean the glass and plants too? If one of these guys isnt enough, could I get a small school of oto's or corys, or would he destroy them?

I'm thinking about mainly doing small/dwarf cichlids in the tank...
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Old 09-21-2006, 12:58 AM   #2
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if its like most other plecos, dont count on him to eat too much algae, chances are he'll eat cut up cucumbers and algae waffers though, as well as left over flake food.

he wont hurt other fish, but sometime adult common plecos will fight.

i dunno if this is a dwarf pleco. but commons get 18"+ 37 may not be enough
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from what I have read they grow from 6-8", as for plecos in general, would they pick on other bottomfeeders, like corys or otos?

there is a spotted and un-spotted species, heres a picture of one of the spotted ones.
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Old 09-21-2006, 05:19 PM   #4
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I can't say anything about otos (I've never had them), but the corys should be fine with the pleco. Really, plecos generally seem to just ignore everyone else--in my experience. You do, however, hear of people having problems with them and goldfish especially (or other plecos). It's a very cool looking pleco! Enjoy him.
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I have one in my 30G tank (the unspotted kind). He is very shy and very nocturnal.
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is anyone else bothered looking at the medua pleco pic?
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If that pic bothered you, take a look at this one...
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That one is really cool, I like it even better than my BN.

AS for oto's and BN type pleco. Mine ride the back of the female I have in a tank with 4 otos. Do not put more than 1 female and 1 male together in my experience. They will fight, buttally!. Mine did for 2 minutes and I didn't let it go any further. I could have been because the female in the one tank was in there for a wehile and had her dominance with the sole male but it was really mideval battling.
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cool looking fish
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