Posted 03 July 2010 - 07:21 AM
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.
Posted 03 July 2010 - 07:44 AM
Posted 04 July 2010 - 12:38 AM
Posted 04 July 2010 - 05:05 AM
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"
Posted 23 July 2010 - 08:38 PM
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.....?
Posted 24 July 2010 - 09:23 AM
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.
Posted 04 September 2010 - 07:06 AM
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