Any plecos I could keep a small group of in a 15 gallon aquarium?

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Any plecos I could keep a small group of in a 15 gallon aquarium?

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So I am going to fetch a small aquarium this weekend. The plan is to initially use it to quarantine some dither fish(+corys) that I want to add to my existing tank.

But of course the mind wanders and I am now looking for a pair or possibly a group of some small pleco that might be able to thrive in it afterwards. So far I have looked at ancistrus aguabonesis(L032) but there are conflicting size estimations and so on. Anyone have a tips of some species that could be suitable and also realistic to get? Would prefer if they are somewhat easy to breed. Tank is 60x30x30cm.

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The problem is that plecos are such waste producers. Even my 6 L104 produce a crazy amount of waste in a 29g(120l).
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fishguy1978 wrote: Thu Jun 10, 2021 12:20 am The problem is that plecos are such waste producers. Even my 6 L104 produce a crazy amount of waste in a 29g(120l).
Maybe it's to small, I am not totally against corydoras either which might be more realistic? Saw pics of your newest addition earlier and I would say you actually have around 5.5 l104 in there haha ;)
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I had a breeding group of 7 adult Panaqolus maccus (plus often over 50 juvies growing out) in a 15gal tank (24" long) for years. Currently I'm using that same tank for a breeding group of 7 Ancistrus sp`wabenmuster` (and fry), which are much larger than clow plecos. Yes they are all poop machines, but just keep the water chemistry clean (detritus isn't that bad) and they'll be okay. Also consider Ancistrus claro, Hypancistrus debilittera or Hypancistrus sp(L260).

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That sounds hopeful, although I am pretty confident you know what you are doing and I dont! I am browsing some right now and l134 might be an option? I do know where I might be able to get them so that's a plus. On the other hand L260 is one of the plecos on my short list. Suppose ill have some time to think as I use it for quaranting fish and maybe look up what's available in the meantime.

Any input regarding l134 vs l260? Are any of them breedable for a beginner? Any thoughts on Ancistrus aguabonesis?
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Woodh wrote: Thu Jun 10, 2021 12:59 amThat sounds hopeful, although I am pretty confident you know what you are doing and I dont! I am browsing some right now and l134 might be an option? I do know where I might be able to get them so that's a plus. On the other hand L260 is one of the plecos on my short list. Suppose ill have some time to think as I use it for quaranting fish and maybe look up what's available in the meantime.

Any input regarding l134 vs l260? Are any of them breedable for a beginner? Any thoughts on Ancistrus aguabonesis?

Very off topic, but must ask, when is it time for your SA trip?
While Peckoltia compta (L134) could work, I wouldn't start with them mainly because of their price. They are more expensive than any of the fish listed above. If you consider yourself a beginner, start with clown plecos, or Hypancistrus debilittera (or even Hypancistrus sp(L201)). Those are much cheaper, so if you lose them, then you haven't lost a ton of cash.

Just my 2 cents. :-)

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Cost has already been discussed, but in terms of size for the tank L260, L270 and L199 or similar smaller Hypancistrus would all work well. Consider an external filter and you'll be fine. None of these are wood-eating plecos, so a decent filter and good water change regime coupled with well-fed fish and patient husbandry will produce results.

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Just a few other suggestions. If the 15 gallon will be a species tank you can focus on spp that either need special conditions or do not compete well in community set ups. Pretty much any species of hypoptopomatinae in a group would make for a fun tank. Any of the smaller spp of Chaetostoma would be another option as would a trio of Rineloricaria or 4-5 Farlowella.
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[quote Maybe it's to small, I am not totally against corydoras either which might be more realistic? Saw pics of your newest addition earlier and I would say you actually have around 5.5 l104 in there haha ;)
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Thanks for all the suggestions! Think that I have decided what to do and it's a species tank with Chaetostoma of some kind, would be fun trying to make a little stream with rocks etc, picked the tank up yesterday(no feeling like an empty tank!)..
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