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Pleco's and Plants

I am new to the aquarium world, and I have recieved contradictory
information about Plecos.  I have been told by several local aquarists,
never to put Plecos in an aquarium that has plants, because Plecos will dig
them up, eat them, or otherwise destroy the plants.

On the other hand, many people on the Aquatic Plants Mailing list seem to
list Plecos as fish they have in thier tanks.

I kind of like Pleco's and would like to have a couple.  I have a 50 gallon
tank, with plants growing nicely, and Gourami's eating the algae off the
leaves and stems of some healthy looking plants.

Is it a matter that certain species of Plecos work out better than others?
Or is it Plecos under a certain size?   Or is it what?