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#1 ~dan~

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Posted 03 July 2010 - 07:21 AM

I have a tropical community tank, a cube, about 120 litres or so. To date, its had a few guppys, balloon mollies, a couple of armoured shrimp and the neons who were retired from the Rhom tank (another story)

Anyway, this tank has 2 light strips, one of which is a 'grow' bulb for helping plant growth. Despite the fairly robust water changes, this tank has always been subject to algae because of this bulb- and I havent been bothered to change it, you know how it is.

So recently a couple of bristlenose plecs (3-4" long) were thrown in with a tank I bought, so I put them in this tank as a bit of an abti-algae experiment.

3 weeks down the line, the tank is absolutely spotless from algae. They have polished the glass for me, no need for algae magnets in there now! They also do a good job of keeping the substrate clean. The only thing I've noticed is a bit of jostling for position with the armoured shrimps, as they all want the same spot and spend the day chasing each other round.

So if anyone wants a cheap and very efficient algae maintenance option- bristlenose plecs may be the answer. good.gif
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Posted 03 July 2010 - 07:44 AM

I had a large piece of bogwood that was loaded with black beard algae. I put it in the tank that has 3 large common plecs in, within a week it was like it had just been jet washed. I took it out and put it back in with the reds.
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Posted 04 July 2010 - 12:38 AM

Think I might put my plates in a tank with a few in when its my turn to wash up. good.gif
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Posted 04 July 2010 - 05:05 AM

haha.

Yeah the girlfriend and I quite like plecos. We have a small BN in her planted tank and hes pretty cute! We have a couple of other plecos in other tanks too. Another really good smaller pleco is the rubber nose or also called a rubber lip pleco and they only get around 2.5-3"

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Posted 23 July 2010 - 08:38 PM

Well, news hot off the Press.

The 2 Bristlenose Plecs have bred, I have just noticed about 20 tiny little plecs grubbing about in the bottom of the tank.

I had spotted that the big male was spending his time upside down under the rock in the middle, just assumed he liked that spot, but I know now they do that to guard eggs.

Anybody want a Plec or two.....? laugh.gif
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Posted 24 July 2010 - 06:17 AM

Well done Dan, cute aren't they. biggrin.gif
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Posted 24 July 2010 - 09:23 AM

QUOTE(Big Den @ Jul 24 2010, 07:12 ) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Well done Dan, cute aren't they. biggrin.gif



They are! Have a few albino ones too. I was surprised when I looked on ebay how cheap they are- don't go for much at all. I daresay the LFS will have them, but am tempted to keep the albino ones.
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Posted 04 September 2010 - 07:06 AM

Have tried the plecs on courgette- they love it, for anybody with plecs who hasnt tried it.
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Posted 04 September 2010 - 10:47 AM

QUOTE(~dan~ @ Sep 4 2010, 08:01 ) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Have tried the plecs on courgette- they love it, for anybody with plecs who hasnt tried it.


I have tried plec on chiabatta. Very tasty ! nom nom nom lmao.gif
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