Pleco?

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Hi, I have two Oscars that have gotten pretty large (roughly 8-9in) and a Jack Dempsey that's about 5 or 6 inches long. I have been wanting to put some sort of pleco or bristle nose or any kind of algae eater to add to my tank. My JD is not agressive and my Oscars are Oscars, they dig around in the rocks and tear up plants and attack the siphon during water changes, so I'm not sure if another tank mate is a great idea. Thoughts?
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jmunroe replied the topic: Re:Pleco?

Tank size?

Go do a water change - the solution to pollution is dilution.
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If it isnt broke, then dont try to fix it. Adding a pleco might push any of the current fish into territorial mode. It looks like you might have a 6 foot long tank, 135 gallons?
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It's a 72" long 125g aquarium
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Rocksor replied the topic: Re:Pleco?

Yeah at that volume, I wouldn't add another fish. It just means more water changes to keep the nitrates below 20ppm.
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Rocksor wrote: Yeah at that volume, I wouldn't add another fish. It just means more water changes to keep the nitrates below 20ppm.


True story. I have one large adult Oscar, and one small HRP cichlid in my 6 foot 125 gallon and require a couple 50% water changes a week, or as I have been doing for awhile now, one large water exchange (water in and water out at the same time) of 110% a week. When I had 2 Oscars in the tank, or one adult Oscar and a large pleco, it was close to 75% water change every 3 days. 3 large water changes in 7 or 8 days was even better and kept things closer to where they needed to be.

Go do a water change - the solution to pollution is dilution.
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Thanks for the feedback guys! I think I'll just stick with my two Os and JD for now. I am about to get a Fluval FX6 should I remove one of the HOB filters when i install the FX6 or just keep everything as is plus the FX6? Will the extra filtration allow me to cut my weekly water changes to biweekly?
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