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Old 01-31-2016, 02:34 PM   #1
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Would a clown pleco in a 20g long with this stock work?

So I went to my lfs the other day and they had these really cute pleco plushies with suction cup mouths. I bought a "royal pleco" plus because I figured I'd never have a pleco due to their monster soze and profuse pooping habit. However, a few people on reddit gave me some suggestions and now I'm a little curious.

So, nothing is in the tank now because it's cycling, but I have the cories purchased. Here's the planned stock for the 20g long.

X11 corydoras habrosus
X10-15 celestial pearl danios (someone suggest a good number for me haha)
X1 bamboo shrimp
X1 nerite snail
X1 or maybe x2 mystery snails
X20+ red cherry shrimp

This is a planted tank with rocks of various size, and a small pieceof driftwood. It looks like spider wood to me. Is that okay for a pleco?

I tried to do a little research but I don't know anything really about plecos. The 2 I was looking at are the clown pleco and the L129 pleco (I think, sometimes called chocolate?) I want something that will stay 4-5 inches or smaller, not eat my plants and not terrorize my smaller fish. The cories are just as big as the RCS!

I already have purchased a "pleco cave" with the intention of it being a little hidey hole for my bamboo shrimp, and another little cave thing so that shouldn't be a problem.

My lfs sells both the clown and the L129 so that's not a problem. I plan on keeping the tank around 74/75F. The filter I'm using is a fluval c2, but I might need a little extra oomph for a pleco, right...? These two types are omnivores I believe, which is fine.

Please give me advice on small plecos and your experience with them! I'm still on the fence with this.

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I *think* you could add a clown pleco. Would be pretty heavy on the bioload though. If you ask me, I'd cut the CPD's down to 7 or 8 just to take the bioload down a bit. But I'm by no means an expert, hopefully someone more knowledgeable chimes in!
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It seems like the L129 stays smaller, like 2.8 inches or so, says the internet. It also seems like that guy won't terrorize my plants either! They're a little spendier than the clowns, but they might be more suited for my smaller-sized stock.

Any pleco experts around?

I might cut back on the CPS, I just wanted them to be the focal point
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