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 Post subject: Bottom feeders/Plecos
PostPosted: Thu Sep 10, 2009 12:58 pm 
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Hey guys, I wanted to know if any of you have tried keeping Clown loaches with Vics? and also what good plecos or bottom feeders would go good with Vics?

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Guys help please, cause these little dam Zebra's just killed one Gnugget pleco :( and have started to pick at another. But I took them all out! What would work good with these little energizer bunny's(they don't stop moving)

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Sounds good, thanks


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You may be better asking people who have multiple types of Vics.
The type of Vics i had did fine with common pleco.
I only have fancy plecos now, and i'd not put them with my current Vics.

But I have seen many Vics go after plecos.
They like to aim for eyes.

Gold Nuggents are a pretty sedentary pleco, so they are an easy target.
well, pretty much all are an easy target.

small types can't handle the abuse.
large ones are easy targets with big eyes.

if your type of Vics are super aggressive, i'd not think you can find a pleco to risk.

a more active bottom feeder like synodontis or the loaches may be better.

i'm sure those that keep a million types of VICS could tell you what success they have with bottom feeders.

have spaces that only the pleco can get into, they will come out at night.

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 Post subject: Re: Bottom feeders/Plecos
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go find yourself a flying fox...there tough little guys and wont back down from any of my vics...

i dont keep plecos so i cant tell you much about them...the reason i dont is because i have those one kind of snails that will remain nameless?? as well as rams and MTS
ive never had a alge problem...the flying fox is a alge eater as well but its also opportunistic eater...meaning it will eat what ever you feed the other fish

there a very primitive fish...there swim bladder isnt developed so they kinda "land" when they stop swimming...VERY active in the tank ...its like there on crack
and they dont "respect territories"...of the other fish...kinda like a kid runnin lose in a candy store

hope this helps :)


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 Post subject: Re: Bottom feeders/Plecos
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i have kept common plecos with my vics for years and no issues. as for loaches i have kept clown and leopard or yoyo loaches with them,some for years. im in agreement with steve they dont respect terrority of the cichlids and usually get run off but no issues with either except when it come spawning time for the cichlids, the loaches will get right in the middle of the spawniing and is looking for a egg snack. so i dont keep them with my breeders.


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Thanks guys, ya I tried one of my gold nugget plecos and it didn't long! :( Since its a nocturnal pleco I'm pretty sure they killed it at night when I was fast asleep and away from my garage. So the next day(yesterday) I tried to introduce 4 clown loaches and they kept harassing them so I took them out. Now I'm stuck lol

I'm really hoping I have better luck with the Vics I'm getting from Jim.

But thanks anyways guys I'll try something different with my next group of Vics.

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