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Plecostomus Tips, Page 2

Plecostomus, Pleco

From: J Dixon
Can I URGE all of you to read up on your fish (especially plecos) before you buy them! Make sure you have enough room for them when they are full grown and that you are feeding them correctly! Also... as with any tank make sure you check the water parameters at regular intervals especially if you have just set up a tank. A lot of plecs are really expensive and can grow very large. If you lose one because of no forward planning, that is a lot of money wasted and a beautiful fish killed because of your ignorance!

I have a lot of plecs including an adonis, a breeding pair of bristlenoses and a royal. These live in a 105 gallon tank and are happy but always remember to give a lot of hiding places if you have a lot (to stop fights) and to regularly check their bellys as you can tell if they have not been eating enough because they go inwards. A healthy plec will have a flat(ish) belly. If it is swollen it may have an infection. When you have found a plec you like on the internet or book e.t.c and have read up on it and made sure it is compatible in your tank. Make sure you choose one that does not have an inward belly. Where plecs are caught they are often not fed for weeks and one that has had nothing at all by the time it is in the pet store is likley to be almost dead. Look for possibly bits of food (cucumber? algae tabs?) in the tank and look at their bellys. Thats all I can say to help. Hope it has been informative.

From: RedTailCatLover
I have an odd pair of fish in a 300 gallon tank, my first is a large redtail catfish, next is a large sturgeon, and then a common pleco who is about 20", he's huge. They get along very well, but a tip: at larger sizes they get to be very messy, and they poo all over the place, so the water quality can become poor quick, so if you plan on keeping a pleco with other bottom fish and letting them grow together you will need to check the water almost daily, at least weekly, and perform weekly water changes of about 25 percent. Just thought I would let people know before they get into something they can't handle.

From: Shelli
A friend gave me a rather large plecostomus when he got rid of his 55 gal tank. I had a 3000 gallon back yard pond that I thought he would like to live in not knowing anything about plecos. Now it is getting colder and I realized he might not be able to hibernate with the other fish in the pond. I can't find any information on whether they can withstand a Kansas winter in a 3000 gallon pond. He is approximately 16" in diameter.
We've read some reports of folks keeping them successfully outside all winter and others not being successful in doing so. Kansas winters can get really cold and this fish needs warmer temperatures. It can't be good to keep it exposed to lower temperatures for long periods of time. We would advise bringing your pleco indoors for the winter.

From: Scott
This is my 2nd favorite fish because you bearly have to give it anything. I just feed mine algae wafers every once in a while but he seems to get bigger even when I don't feed him. This is a good chioce for a beginner with a large aquarium.

From: Kate
Bristlenose plecos are quite easy to breed if you have a big enough tank. Also, not all plecs come from South America, e.g. zebra plecos and sunshine plecos come from xingu, brazil. Sorry if I seem abit picky but there you go, thats just me when it comes to plecos!

From: Ashley
My Pleco is about 7 to 8 inches and has been very peaceful with my other fish for a year and a half. But lately he has become aggressive towards the other fish, and will try to hold on to their sides with his mouth even though they are larger (by mass not length). He has enough food, he eats the algae, and he gets cucumber, and sometimes pellets. Do you know why he's doing this, and anything I could do to stop this without getting rid of any of my fish?
Although infrequently, we have heard reports of this happening with plecos. It's probably best to remove the pleco from this tank. Try to trade it in at your local fish store for something else or if you can't relocate it to another tank, give it away to the store or a good home.

It's hard to say why it's doing this, perhaps it's not getting enough of something in its diet or it has developed a taste for the slime coating on the sides of fish. You could try to prevent this from happening by increasing its diet by feeding it more algae wafers and cucumbers, especially if there isn't alot of algae in the tank for it to graze on.

From: Trey
Hey I just got a common pleco about 2 inches long and I'm having some water cloudiness problems. He's in a 10 gallon tank with 2 goldfish, each about 1.5 inches. I've had the tank 2 weeks and after just a few days the water starts to get cloudy. How should I go about fixing this?
Yikes. Goldfish need at least a 10 gallon each, so at least a 20 gallon for two. The pleco gets way too large for a 10 gallon tank. Since you say the aquarium has only been setup for 2 weeks, it should be going through the aquarium nitrogen cycle. You can prevent these problems from happening by researching your fish before buying them and reading up on the nitrogen cycle, linked to in the previous sentence.

From: Fishie
I have found that the Plecos LOVE cucumbers! They make neat onion rings out of cucumber slides stuck to the wall of aquarium!! They clean out the remaining cucumber as it floats in the water and all that remains is cucumber skin! If you are out of algae, this is the cheapest and easiest pleco food.

From: Heidi
More than 12 yrs ago I had some other fish with 2 plecos and one day, I guess because they were hungry (I too didn't know about food for bottom feeders) they started eating the fish flakes. One was about 6 inches and the other 4 inches. The large one started first and later the other joined in. They would come to the top and stick their mouths partially out of the water to syphon in the flakes that were on the surface. It was somewhat entertaining to see them in this vertical position sucking in their food until they became full.

I miss them. Unfortunately, I couldn't keep plants with them because they were constantly digging them up and probably eating at the roots I suppose. I gave up after 6 plants.

From: Toast
What I've found exciting about Bristlenose Plecos is that they munch happily on black beard algae. Surprising, as most of the research I found suggest that only Siamese Algae Eaters eat the stuff. I watched my roommates pleco take vast swaths of BBA off of his glass. A staple for any medium to large sized aquariums.

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Author : Mike FishLore

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