Which pleco is best?

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Which pleco is best?

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Hi all,
I have a 64 litre / approx 20 gallon tank with 6 guppies, 5 tetras, 6 balloon mollies and 3 amano shrimp. We're looking to add a pleco to finish the tank off.
We have a large piece of driftwood and other plants in the tank.
Which would be the best pleco to suit our small community tank that wouldn't outgrow it?
Thanks in advance :d
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If you want an aglae eating plecos then get a rubber lips or a bushy/bristle nose. Both stay under 6in and will keep the tank in control.
If just for decoration a L104 Clown would be good. These stay under 4in and eat wood almost exclusively so you would need to keep wood in the tank.
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It depends on how long you've been keeping fishes I'd say. For this tank, given the fishes, I'd go for a common Ancistrus. Should be able to get one under a tenner.

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I think it really depends on your filtration and maintenance routine. With good filtration and weekly water changes I think you could add an Ancistrus as Jools recommended. If the tank is under filtered, and you tend to let water changes slip, I would leave it like it is. At the general guidance of 1" of fish per gallon your tank is already full.
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Thanks for your advice. We always do a partial water change of 15-20% every Saturday morning and regularly monitor the water quality so hopefully, it will be fine. Will take all your advice under consideration. Thanks
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I'd go to 30% water changes weekly, if it were me.

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Thanks Jools, I'll do that moving forward
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