View Full Version : Does the Pleco do the job?

08-23-2003, 04:40 AM
Hello, many people say that pleco really do clean up the algae in a tank. Does that mean it can clean the whole tank up? I have an 85g I am thinking about getting a pleco for algae purposes, if they cant clean the all the algae in the tank then I would just take it off by hand rather than waiting for the pleco to eat it all.

Freddy J
08-23-2003, 10:57 AM
I have a Green Phantom, L-200, that keeps a 180g spotless. Same for two Gold Nuggets, L-18, in a 150g. My Snowball,L-102 I think, doesn't do much in my 55g. I would suggest the Gold Nugget. They are pretty, very active, stay small and are eating machines.

09-29-2003, 02:13 PM
Plecos deffinatly keep tanks clean.You should get one if you want your tank clean.The pleco will really help your filters out to.Can i make another suggestion?A cat fish.The cat fish will eat whatever is floating on the bottm of the tank.

09-29-2003, 02:26 PM
plecos definetly do help with algea.

09-29-2003, 02:37 PM
I strongly recommend a pleco. My Hoover rocks! :cool: :dance:

09-29-2003, 07:39 PM
My syndo. beats up on my pleco, but luckily the pleco is big enough to take it.

09-30-2003, 04:54 AM
yeah and plecos are very tough witch is good. but they do produce alot of waste themselves.

09-30-2003, 07:58 AM
thank for all your replies. i am thinking about buying a golden nugget. they are pricey where i live. does anyone know if they are easy to keep, are they particularly hardy? Will they clean up the algae on the glass? I will put it in with sajicas and severums.

09-30-2003, 07:47 PM
Plecos are great for algae, but are poop machines!!! They clean the algae, but make a mess otherwise, especially when they get big....you will have to vaccuum the gravel more often, but its worth it to keep algae at bay.