30 Plecos Under 8 Inches

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Lately I've seen tons of topics asking about small plecos. So, I decided to compile a short list of plecos that are under 8". I got all of this info from planet catfish. These are just the most commonly viewed Loricariidae species from planet catfish. They are by no means a definitive list or probably anywhere near that. Just some suggestions. Enjoy.

1. Flash Pleco, L204- 5.2" 130mm
2. Imperial Pleco, Zebra Pleco, L046, L098, L173- 3.2" 80mm
3. Clown Pleco, Ringlet Pleco, L104, L162, LDA22- 4" 100mm
4. Queen Arabesque Pleco L260~ 5" 125mm
5. King Tiger Pleco, Network Pleco, Scribbled Pleco, L066- 4.8" 120mm
6. Leopard Frog Pleco, L134 4.4" 110mm
7. Bristlenose Catfish, Common Bristlenose Catfish, L?- 5" 125mm
8. Green Pleco, Lemon spotted Green Pleco, L200- 7.2" 180mm
9. Starlight Bristlenose Catfish, L183- 4.0" 100mm
10. Para Pleco, L075, L124, L301, LDA02- 6" 150mm
11. Hypancistrus sp. ,L333- 6" 150mm
12. Butterfly Pleco, Flounder Pleco, L168- 5.6" 140mm
13. Hemiancistrus sp. L128- 7.2" 180mm (Apparently some have seen this plec. reach 9 inches anyone else want to 2nd that?)
14. Tiger ''Peckoltia'', L002, L074- 4" 100mm
15. Candy Striped Pleco, L015- 4" 100mm
16. Glyptoperichthys joselimaianus, L001, L022- 8" 200mm
17. Angelicus Pleco, Portel Angelicus Pleco, L004, L005, L028, L073- 4" 100mm
18. Chocolate Zebra Pleco, L270, L307, LDA76- 4" 100mm
19. Medusa Pleco, L034- 8" 200mm
20. Spotted Medusa Pleco, L255- 8" 200mm
21. Dekeyseria sp., Butterfly Pleco, Flounder Pleco L052- 4.8" 120mm
22. Pitbull Plec LDA25 - 2" 50mm
23. Brown Dot Peckoltia, L006- 4" 100mm
24. Leopard Peckoltia, L008- 3.2" 80mm
25. Ancistrini sp. L016-6" 150mm
26. Snowball Pleco (Hypancistrus sp.) L102- 6.4" 160mm
27. Spotted Orange Seam Pleco L106- 6" 150mm
28. Hypancistrus sp. L129- 2.8" 70mm
29. Spectracanthicus sp. L254- 4.4" 110mm
30. Panaque sp. L306, LDA64- 4.8" 120mm

(If you know of any other plecos that are under 8 inches that I haven't mentioned, then by all means add to the list. mods please correct me if any of this information is incor
 

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This is a wonderful thread. I am finding people showing the love for Plecs lately. Not everyone can get a 100+ gallon tank. These smaller ones are a good addition. I currently have 2 Albino longfin bristlenose and 1 L162 Clown plec.
 

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Gold banded peckolita? 10cm ish? (bit confused with all the "L" numbers so he may have already been included)

I have only just got into them since i met my aunts monster 12"

I love plecos, my friends think i'm weird. I'd love a leopard frog plec :)
 

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I had no idea there were so many Plecos. Thank you onemrchristian for your topic this is very useful.
 

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Are any of these not peaceful? I don't want to accidently get one that will hurt my betta or tetras.
 

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Peckoltia species L038 120mm
Nice looking fish http://www.planetcatfish.com/catelog/species.php?species_id=665
 

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8. Green pleco, lemon spotted green pleco, L200- 7.2" (180 mm)

This is the "hemi" variety. The "Bary" variety or hi-fin variety only grows 5.9" maximum ;)

I just recently learned this as I bought an L200 "Bary" recently.
 

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Nope. Its a Hypancistrus which are Loricariidae. Even otos fall in the Loricariidae. Loaches like the clown loach are in the family Cobitidae, which are cypriniformes, which are carps/goldfish, minnows and loaches. Catfish are in the Siluriforme order.
 

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Actually I think I'm right, planet catfish doesn't recognise the common name "Hong Kong plec" and a quick Google search reveals it to be a hillstream loach.
 

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