Peaceful Pleco That Doesn't Grow Too Large?

BrutusFry

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Hi everyone,
I am looking for suggestions on a peaceful pleco that would do well in my 55gallon community tank and won't outgrow it (at least not soon!). I am attracted to some of the more patterned varieties and love the albino ones! I don't have very small fish in there, the smallest is 2inches.
 
I have hard water and a high pH if that matters.
 
Thank you!
 

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A bristlenose sounds perfect for your set up. They come in quite a lot of colours, including albino, and are tolerant of hard/high pH water.
 

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I would agree with fluttermoth. I'm sure there are a couple other varieties out there that could work, but I would suggest a bristlenose too. I have two of them and they are great. They are very gentle but filled with personality at the same time, they're readily available and cheap, and they only get about 4-5 inches. Plus the males have awesome beards :)
 
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Bristlenose is just what I was thinking! I am very excited as I haven't had a pleco for years.
 
Is it better to get them as juveniles or could I already look into a more fully grown one? At what age can they be sexed? I would really like a fully bearded male.
 

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You could get any size... up to you really.  Not sure about the age of the being able to determine gender though.
 

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i don't know the age, but around the size of 2 inches you can.. the males have the "spikes" on the nose, where the female does not.
 

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I agree that it's somewhere around 2inches...... that's when you will start to see little bumps on the face,if it's a male. I would start with a younger one, they grow prety fast and the young ones are great cleaners. I would be wary of very small ones though, they don't transport very well IMO.
 

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