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Re: Aquatic Plants Digest V5 #234
Lew Newcomb is looking for SA suckermouth catfish suggestions. My favorite
is the red-finned otto, Parotocinclus macaulicauda, if you can find it. This
fish gets to be about 3-4" long, and is a hard worker in the tank. Regular
otocinclus do a great job, but in a larger tank the red-fins just look
better. There are other suckermouths which stay under 6" - ancistrus sp (the
bristlenose/bushynose) and peckoltia sp both stay about 6" or under - but
IMO these are not great fish for planted tanks because in their moving
around the tank they tend to uproot plants, which is really, really
annoying. The fabulous looking zebra plec, Hypancistrus zebra, also stays
small, but it is not an algae eater & also tends to be pretty shy - nothing
like spending big buck for a fish you'll never see.
Hypoptoma, and also Microlepidogaster, are also good fish for the planted
tank, but like otos they stay pretty small - 2".
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