Plecostomus and Malawis

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  1. Martin1971

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    Hi, can I keep a plecostomus and Malawi cichlids together?
     
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  3. Aj_85

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    yes you can and other ground feeders aswell
     
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    Thanks, have put them in, two of them. One is 15cm and the other 8cm. Doing fine with 13 malawis in 4feet tank
     
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    perfect I also hav 2 about the same size....I also have 2 smaller algae eaters and 2 botavia sharks
     
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    I had a bristle nose with my Malawis.
    tbh, it's not ideal. For one, the cichlids are a bit aggressive.
    and also the plecs prefer softer water
     
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    had a pleco with my convicts, had to move him
     
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    Yeah I keep my plecos with my peacock malawi. But yoh does he crap alot. Even clogged my overflow pipe causing my sump to pump all its water in the tank and mini flood my lounge lol. But he keeps my tank quite clean
     
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    Look into one of the following to keep with your malawis:
    featherfin synodontis
    cuckoo catfish

    Maybe even Pictus catfish

    Try not to keep plecos' with them, even the above mentioned could be stressed by malawi cichlids. just my opinion.
     
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    There are 2 or 3 species of Rift Valley Synodontus that are ideal for a Malawi setup.
     
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    I agree, why try to keep fish together that have different water requirements.
     
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    Oh yeah i have a 15cm featherfin synodontus and he's a good bottom cleaner. But he's a sneaky little bugger. Very clever fish
     

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