About my pleco

joshthefisherman
  • #1
just got a little guy yesterday and hes on the heater should I take him off
 
Barbrella
  • #2
My two get on the heater as well. He'll be fine!
 
joshthefisherman
  • Thread Starter
  • #3
he won't get burnt or anything
 
Blub
  • #4
Hi!

Nope. He won't get harmed I nany way. However, the tank is too small for him. Can you find him a new home?

 
joshthefisherman
  • Thread Starter
  • #5
hes 2inches long at the moment and he is a bottom feeder its concider ok for them to be in a 55
 
Blub
  • #6
Hi!

He's not going t stay at 2 inches. He'll be over 10inches before you know it - I heard they get to 25" odd!

 
joshthefisherman
  • Thread Starter
  • #7
I guess ill have to wait and see
 
Butterfly
  • #8
Depends on what kind of pleco he is some stay as small as a few inches and some get 12-18 inches.
So what kind of pleco is he
Carol
 
Blub
  • #9
Hi!

It say's in Josh's aquarium info - Common pleco.

 
Butterfly
  • #10
Hi!

It say's in Josh's aquarium info - Common pleco.
AHHH... thank you I forgot to look.
A common plec should still be fine in the 55 for at least a year I would think as long as other stocking is kept low.
Carol
 
joshthefisherman
  • Thread Starter
  • #11
yea I hope to get a leopard plec down the road
 
COBettaCouple
  • #12
Does he have a log or something like that to hide under?
 
Narcicius
  • #13
If you don't have a log get a small bogwood ornament, they look good and are edible.
 
Narcicius
  • #14
For the pleco anyway, I wouldn't reccomend trying to eat it.
 
joshthefisherman
  • Thread Starter
  • #15
I just got a lava rock he hasnt touched it I put in a algae wafer and he didnt touch that either
 
Narcicius
  • #16
If his is still somewhat new to the tank then hes just acclimating to his new environment, if he stil;l doesn't eat try soaking the pellet in some garlic juice, that will usually make the fish quite hungry.
 
Kittenluna
  • #17
Initiate
  • #18
Hey,

I'm pretty sure plecos need driftwood in their diet,
Common plecos grow a few feet how large is your tank?
 
Kittenluna
  • #19
Yes plecos need driftwood in their diet,
Common plecos grow a few feet how large is your tank?
I buy them banquet blocks that's algae and wood. Is that not enough? I read that those types of plecos don't necessarily need wood. But I thought id ask here just to be sure.
Hes in a 55 gallon tank right now. I don't plan on keeping him in here forever. Hes still small both my plecos are small
 
Donthemon
  • #20
No, well mine dosnt and is healthy as can be.
 
goldface
  • #21
Bristlenose don't require wood. I don't know about commons, but I don't think they do either. However, there are several species that go under that name.
 
Kittenluna
  • #22
Bristlenose don't require wood. I don't know about commons, but I don't think they do either. However, there are several species that go under that name.
This is the common
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Feohw
  • #23
I'm not sure if bristlenose absolutely need it, but it can only do good. All information I've heard suggests that the fibres they get from the wood aids with digestion. They also eat diatoms from the surface of the wood. I know my bristlenose loves to sit under the wood and munch/rasp on it all day.

As for the common, I've read that wood is good for them too. Although I hope you are aware they get huge and need a big tank.
 
Kittenluna
  • #24
I'm not sure if bristlenose absolutely need it, but it can only do good. All information I've heard suggests that the fibres they get from the wood aids with digestion. They also eat diatoms from the surface of the wood. I know my bristlenose loves to sit under the wood and munch/rasp on it all day.

As for the common, I've read that wood is good for them too. Although I hope you are aware they get huge and need a big tank.
I'm well aware. Thank you
 
goldface
  • #25
I'm not very familiar with species of the common pleco.

Bristlenose do not require wood, though I do have several pieces for mine to rasp on. Having one is never a bad thing. That said, Redshark1 (and I believe fissh as well) keeps bristlenoses in one of his tanks without any wood, and they breed like crazy.
 
Redshark1
  • #26
Yes that is correct. Here's the full story.

In 2006 I found some very nice yellow Bristlenose Catfish at a specialist tropical fish shop that sells rare and unusual fish. These were quite special at the time.


18.02.06 Ancistrus Bristlenose Catfish Cube Steve Joul - Copy.jpg

I purchased three for my six foot Clown Loach aquarium thinking they may control the black beard algae I had growing copiously on the wood.

The aquarium is full of resin wood, not bogwood.


15.08.30 Chromobotia macracanthus Clown Loach 6' aquarium Steve Joul (3) - Copy.JPG

They did eat the algae as I could see it in their stomachs.

However, they did not ever control the algae or make much of an impression on it.

In addition they bred like crazy and I was soon overrun by Bristlenoses. I did see my biggest Clown Loach swallow a fry but they evidently did not hunt them down.

The first generation (s) were around 75% brown Bristlenoses and 25% yellow Bristlenoses. I took as many as I could to my LFS for store credit. I kept only a few Yellow fish. Eventually all the fry were yellow.

It has taken many (perhaps ten) years to remove them all. Once they get breeding its impossible to stop them. There always seemed to be a male guarding eggs unseen in one of the many cavities in the resin wood even years after I thought I'd removed them all.

I now have just one Yellow adult female in my 110g Clown Loach aquarium and one magnificent adult Yellow male in my 40 gallon cube. I think.

But I am not finished quite yet. I still have 20 yellow fry to round up when they are big enough for the LFS to take them so the game still goes on a little longer.

I still think this is a fabulous fish but along with other species I think its best to keep only one individual/sex so you don't have them breeding.

I suggest keeping Angelfish singly (I even had two females pair up and cause problems) and only female livebearers (I found males fight each other) for the best ownership satisfaction.
 
Pukkafish
  • #27
I would recommend it. Both my old common and baby bristle love their wood, but it’s not necessary. Curved driftwood like the one I have also gives them a nice hide
 

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