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Pterygoplichthys Joselimaianus Pleco
May 19, 2010
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I have an 8" Pterygoplichthys joselimaianus in my 150gal tank , who lives peacefully with another unidentified pleco, who is golden in color and has stayed at 6" for years now. No bristles on fins or nose, so I dont know what kind it is. Anyway, I also have a 4" Pterygoplichthys joselimaianus in my 50 gallon amazon tank with tetras etc. I am wondering if the big one would pick on the little one if I added him to the big tank?

Also, is this kind of pleco sensitive to the higher ph of a Tanganyikan cichlid tank? People have recommended bristlenose plecos for that tank, but I am leaning towards gobies for algae eating. perhaps Eretmodus cyanostictus ? thanks for any opinions/advice

May 19, 2010
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QUOTE (Reva @ May 19 2010, 01:19 AM) < {POST_SNAPBACK}>
I have an 8" Pterygoplichthys joselimaianus in my 150gal tank , who lives peacefully with another unidentified pleco, who is golden in color and has stayed at 6" for years now. No bristles on fins or nose, so I dont know what kind it is. Anyway, I also have a 4" Pterygoplichthys joselimaianus in my 50 gallon amazon tank with tetras etc. I am wondering if the big one would pick on the little one if I added him to the big tank?

Also, is this kind of pleco sensitive to the higher ph of a Tanganyikan cichlid tank? People have recommended bristlenose plecos for that tank, but I am leaning towards gobies for algae eating. perhaps Eretmodus cyanostictus ? thanks for any opinions/advice


The larger one may see the smaller one as a rival but perhaps re-arranging and/or adding more retreats for them will reduce any bullying.
I'd avoid adding them to the Rift Lake tank. Whilst many people do it and seem to have success far better to add fish that are more adapted to the water properties. Chiloglanis,
Labeo, Garra and of course the algae eating Cichlids endemic to the lake system.

May 19, 2010
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QUOTE (Chris Green @ May 19 2010, 08:40 AM) < {POST_SNAPBACK}>
The larger one may see the smaller one as a rival but perhaps re-arranging and/or adding more retreats for them will reduce any bullying.
I'd avoid adding them to the Rift Lake tank. Whilst many people do it and seem to have success far better to add fish that are more adapted to the water properties. Chiloglanis,
Labeo, Garra and of course the algae eating Cichlids endemic to the lake system.

I think I will leave the smaller one in the amazon tank then. Thank you Chris. The only Labeo that I have seen or kept are bicolor etc from Thailand. they wouldnt like the hard water would they? Anyway, thank you for the reply.

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