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 Post subject: plecos that can do well with frontosa
PostPosted: Wed May 28, 2008 10:08 am 
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There are some plecos that do fairly well with frontosa. As long as you stay away from the smaller species such as Ancistrus, Hypancistrus, and Peckoltia you should be fine. From a purist point of view of course, they do come from different parts of the world, but anyone who has ever kept frontosa and pleco's know they are both pretty hardy species.

So for pleco's, we of course want something that gets some size to them, say at least 6 inches not counting tails.

here are some ideas of L numbers to search for, perhaps Danumber1stunner or Stas can help you locate them.

L07 vampire pleco, gets 10-12 inches and is a nice spotted pleco.
L14 Sunshine pleco, get 12-15 inches and is nice site in an aquarium, maybe the best looking pleco IMO.
L24 Flame pleco, 12-15 inches, nice red edging to fins.
L25 Scarlett pleco, 12-15 inches, grayish/red to grayish/yellow, not as red as name implies.
L26 blue spot pleco 11 inches, nice armored type with bluish/white spots.
L27 royal 15 inches, many royals get pretty big.
L47 mango pleco 11 inches, nice greenish brown with yellowish/white edged fins.
L48 gold spot pleco 10-12 inches, another gold nugget type.
L 56 Parancistrus aurantiacus rubber pleco 8-10 inches, my favorite, range from yellow/orange to solid black or calico. color can change so beware if your orange prize reverts back to black
L81 small spot nugget, 10-12 inches, with very fine small spots.
L90 royal, 15 inch.
L114 leopard pleco 10-12 inches, one of my favorites, opposite coloration of nuggets, these are gold/orange with huge black spots.
L142 big white spot pleco, 10-12 inch, black with big white spots.
L182 starlight bushynose, ancistrus, 8-9 inch, black with white spots.
L273 titanic pleco 10-12 inches, very similar to leopard pleco, more blotchy instead of spots.
L282 galaxy pleco, 12 inches, black with white spots.
L362 12-15 inches, black with white spots.
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Thats my list, feel free to add any that i may have missed.
Alot of these guys are $100-200, but some can be had for $35 if small.
Main thing, is if you have acrylic tanks, these big guys can scratch them, so best to use glass tanks with them, or not be someone who gets stressed about scratches on your acrylic tanks.


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yeah i can get some of those i have a few to add to the list as well that will work
L330 watermelon pleco
L083 Sailfin
L190 royal pleco
i might have missed a few


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L330, L190 are all royals, like the L90 and L27 I mentioned.
alot of L numbers for royals and i did not want to list all the numbers for royals.

L083 is a good one, gets huge, nice to get an albino one.

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i have a pair of L 056 with my frontosa and it is working just fine. they mind there own bussines and hide between the rocks for most of the day.When they come out the frontosa leave them alone.Don't forget to give them some pleco tablets

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How big are your L 056?

I ask because there are 2 fish called L056.
It used to be L056 and rubber or chubby pleco were the same fish a Parancistrus.

Now L056 is Pseudoancistrus.
Pseudoancistrus looks like a cross between a bushynose and Paranistrus, and thus smaller .

Rubber pleco it seems does not have a L number anymore, its just Parancistrus.

anyway
L 056 Pseudoancistrus gets about 6 inches. A bit bigger then bushynose.

Rubber/chubby pleco Parancistrus gets about 9 inches.

So if you have the rubber/chubby, its more then big enough for a frontosa tank.

If you have the "new" Lo56 then maybe a bit small.


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how about adonis?they good with my fronts?


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Adonis get HUGE, can reach over 2 feet.
i assume you have a young spotted one.
they lose the spots at about 9 inches, then are just dark and big.

size wise they are fine for frontosa.
they may bother other plecos and catfish though.

temp is same as frontosa.
PH is closer to low 7's, but upper 7's will be fine.
food is same, they are opportunistic, will eat both plant and meat based, so mix it up with different types of sinking pellets.

hope you plan on having a big tank, bigger then what is required for frontosa.
course you have time as yours is still small.


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thats gonna be a big fish.....i have four of the buggers.I will be getting a 280 gal but jezzzz thats big.


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The l 056 i have got were sold to me as beiing pseudancistrus. But when i look on planet catfish mine seem to be paler in color and more chubby.Maybe the one in the photo is more stressed out?I have got a photo of mine in my photoalbum but i dont know how to get it up here, became a member just a few day's ago.


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if yours is more chubby then i'm guessing you have parancistrus, the old L056.
the new L056 is pseudoancistrus and is a bit thinner and smaller.

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I added your photo to your post.

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looks like Parancistrus "chubby" not L056 Pseudoancistrus IMO.
very nice.
Because of the thicker body and contrast with body plates, looks more like Parancistrus.

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I think you are right tr6!

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Lost one of my parancistrus today :cry:

Found him this morning,don't know what happend?
He was jammed between a rock and the background.
Had to remove the rock to get him out!!
Something must have realy freaked him out.

Now there is only one.
I think i will keep it like this,maybe i had two males anyway.

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