Ancistrus with Oscars?

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  1. SauRoN

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    Well since I've taken the Pleco out I've been noticing a lot more "dirt" especially on the driftwood and such.

    So was thinking maybe I can put one of those often highly recommended on TASA okes in my tank, but not sure if they would be happy?

    I understand that they don't grow as large as the common Pleco's, but then I always don't know which is which.

    Some of them look horrible (fokken Prawns) and other look quite pretty.


    Thoughts?
     
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    I say go for it - just make sure they have somewhere to hide under during the day, as they are effectively nocturnal.
     
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    How large do they get?

    And which ones are the pretty (and cheap lol) ones?
     
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    The clown pleco's are relatively pretty - not sure what your idea of cheap is though??? R50? R100? R200???
     
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    Linga Aquarist or Gardener ?

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    wow u lucky u even got to put a plec in with you oscars. i tried a half a meter plec with my 20cm oscars and the male draged the plec around the tank by its tail. the plec was litteraly in the tank for like 5 seconds.

    good luck with the ancistrus you better have plenty of hiding spaces that the oscars cant reach
     
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    SauRoN

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    That's why I need to add it now, while the Oscars are small.
     
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    I wouldn't do it. Ancistrus don't get that big, and eventually you'll have a risk of keeping a relatively small fish with potentially large Oscars.
     
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    even if they grow with the oscars, there remains a risk that when all grown up, the oscars wont be as friendly...
     
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    I have major success with Synodontis species in the past, and they are pretty small.

    Are the Ancistrus smaller?
     
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    Clown Peckoltia's? Not great for algae and they constantly need a supply of cellulose from plants or diftwood.

    What about a talking catfish?
     
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    It all depends on the species you get - the ones that are most common around here grow to about 15cm max...

    It all depends on Oscar temperament though. Just remember that oscars can get a little more... well, 'mean', as they grow.
     
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    Yeah, it will be a chance I have to take.
     
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    I don't think it's really fair on the fish - catfish, especially the pleco species, are largely viewed as cleaner fish and treated as such.

    It's not worth the risk, as I said. You're putting the fish into a potentially dangerous situation that isn't even nessecary. You could easily clean the tank yourself with the right equipment.
     
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    SauRoN

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    Well it's not that the tank looks terrible, and the lazy bastard Synodontis is still in there.


    It's just specifically on the driftwood a fine layer forms, which is difficult to clean (or keep clean) and the Pleco seems to have liked cleaning this up.
     

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