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Mixing Pleco Species
January 4, 2010
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JackGillett
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i have a pair of bristlenose pleocs. i want to know wheather you can mix species of plecos of similar size? i dont intend on doing it yet, but am curious for future reference.thanks

January 5, 2010
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Hey Jack

With care this is possible. We have commissioned some special Plec/loricarin articles for 2010 Issues of Aquarium Gazette that explain the world of these wonderful fish in great detail.

Regards David

January 5, 2010
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hey david, thanks for your reply. and thanks for your advise! i will do some research and see what i can do with thhem /rolleyes.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":rolleyes:" border="0" alt="rolleyes.gif" />

January 5, 2010
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I have bristlenoses in my 250 gallon tank along with L066, L318 and a couple of other unidentified L numbers and they all get on fine.

January 6, 2010
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a friend of mine she have over 300 pleco different L from common to rare, including a pair of Zebra in a tank 450gallon. she have a bunch of hiding spot for them including loaded of driftwoods.

January 6, 2010
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do the plecs X breed?

January 6, 2010
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thanks guys! my tank is 81cm long, could i have 2 pairs of bn, or another pair of a different plec? thanks again /rolleyes.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":rolleyes:" border="0" alt="rolleyes.gif" />
btw malti, in almost all cases plecs will not cross breed, unless they are of the same "family" like some bristlenoses, gold nuggets etc. /smile.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":)" border="0" alt="smile.gif" />

January 6, 2010
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QUOTE (JackGillett @ Jan 6 2010, 01:57 PM) < {POST_SNAPBACK}>
thanks guys! my tank is 81cm long, could i have 2 pairs of bn, or another pair of a different plec? thanks again /rolleyes.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":rolleyes:" border="0" alt="rolleyes.gif" />
btw malti, in almost all cases plecs will not cross breed, unless they are of the same "family" like some bristlenoses, gold nuggets etc. /smile.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":)" border="0" alt="smile.gif" />

cool

January 7, 2010
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QUOTE (Malti @ Jan 6 2010, 05:15 AM) < {POST_SNAPBACK}>
do the plecs X breed?

Yes they do...

January 7, 2010
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I'd have thought that most wouldn't...

Cake or death?
January 7, 2010
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quick upadate, i had a bn, sultan and a L134 for 4 yrs no cross breeding. i hope to restore the same stocking soon /smile.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":)" border="0" alt="smile.gif" />

May 10, 2010
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QUOTE (JackGillett @ Jan 4 2010, 10:48 PM) < {POST_SNAPBACK}>
i have a pair of bristlenose pleocs. i want to know wheather you can mix species of plecos of similar size? i dont intend on doing it yet, but am curious for future reference.thanks


i have a pair with a breeding pair of common whiptail catfish

August 25, 2010
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Ok, so this is quite a complex subject, that I've covered many times on Planet Catfish.

In many cases, it's fine to keep several different plecos in the same tank.

However, there can be problems. Keeping a fish that is quite shy with one that is very outgoing and greedy (e.g. common bristlenose) can lead to the shy fish not getting sufficient food.

The other potential problem is differing diets - a fish that is mainly vegetarian will need to not get too much meaty food, so it would be difficult to combine for example Baryancistrus with a Leporacanthicus or Pseudacanthicus.

The third potential problem is agression between different species. Some can be very territorial, and not "friendly" with their neighbours - so care needs to be taken to avoid WWIII breaking out in the tank.

Cross breeding does happen - Hypancistrus are definitely the most likely to cross-breed, and the offspring of such cross-breeding are apparently fertile as well. It is unlikely that two differnet general will cross-breed.

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