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    Help Me Choose - Royal Pleco or Candy Stripe Pleco!

    I'm interested in one of the above Plecos. I've read online that Royal's can be pretty sensitive, but I don't know squat about Candy Stripe. They seem similiar except for the flashier pattern.

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    Reference: Candy Stripe Pleco...


    Tell me all about your experience with these fish and what you recommend!

    I have the housing for a full-grown adult, so don't worry about maximum sizes. The fish will be going into a 56 gallon wide tank with dark soil substrate, tons of driftwood and lots of java fern and anubias. Either fish would be about four inches to start.

    Help me choose!





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    candy!



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    Personally, I'd go with 4-5 of the candy stripers and see if they spawn. My personal choice of aquatic termite (aka Panaque species) is L-204, commonly called the flash pleco. Check out this link for more info on any pleco species: http://www.planetcatfish.com/catelog...de=l&thumbs=16
    Incidentally, the candy stripe is the last one on the first page, L-015
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    I once lost a clown pleco in a tank for about 8 months. Small & hide really well. I love royal plecs! My experience with them has been mixed in that they seem to be sensitive when first acclimating to a tank. I think it has alot to do with how they have been handled before you get them. If they make it through the first week or two they are usually fine.



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    Yeah I have noticed that with my plecos. If my fish don''t like for a week or 2 he will be gone but if he can survive that they will ignore them.



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    Considering that there is about a 10" difference between those two, there is definitely more than just a slight color difference. Unless you have a larger tank to move the royal into in the future, I would definitely go with the candy stripe. Also, the feeding of royals is more veggies while the candies tend toward more meaty foods.

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    Royal if you have a tank big enough :P



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    I'd go with the L15's....royals eat a lot of wood and make a lot more mess to go along with it!



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    I'm a bit confused about your question.
    The strips on a royal run front to back and side to side on a candy stripe.
    The colors are completely different, and a four inch candy stripe pleco is full size where a four inch Royal pleco is a baby.

    If you are interested in Plecos, you will want to check out Plecoplanet, Plecoworld, and PlanetCatfish.



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    Royals will outgrow a 56 gallon. I vote for six L204s, or L15s, or L104s.
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