Any Way To *humanely* Control Growth Of Common Pleco?

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HI All,

I have a question about our beloved pleco, Al.

Al is a healthy and I hope happy pleco residing in a 55-gallon tank with his two goldfish friends JJ and Lucy.

When I first moved Al and JJ from their original 10-gallon to their current 55-gallon home, I built Al a hidey tunnel. He has just about outgrown it, and I've got plans to make him a new, bigger home.

In all my reading, I have learned that common plecos max anywhere between 12"-24+" in length.

I was wondering if anyone had any advice on how to (somewhat) control a plecos growth rate...in a very humane way.

In addition to tank algae and missed 'goldie food' (pellets, flake, frozen peas) Al gets 1-3 algae wafers daily. (I throw in a couple extras since the piggy goldies often snatch them up.) I also have some ocotillo wood for him to chew on.

Thanks--in advance--for your thoughtful responses.

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You can't control the growth of anything with a heart beat w/o harming them. With plants you can trI'm the roots and stems, with fish you can do nothing. A growing fish is a healthy fish and honestly fish like common plecos don't stop growing until they are dead.

The only possible solution is to decrease his food intake, but even that is kinda cruel.
 

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I think it's time to upgrade to a 125 more room for goldfish and pleco
 

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I have noticed they have been averaging about 10" long.
 

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agreed with James17
as they grow up, they produce more waste
 

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He will grow. Nothing but death or harmful malnutrition can stop that.

Common plecos really should be rare, and we all should be buying rarer pleco species that stay much smaller. But the common pleco, as inappropriate as it, seems a pet shop tradition. It is a shame, but the only solution is for the tank to grow... a lot.
 

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Demeter said:
The only possible solution is to decrease his food intake
Total disagreement with decreasing his food intake...regime him or get him a very large tank
REhome not regime
 

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you shouldnt try to stop your fish from growing. because its extremely unhealthy for the fish, it would be like trying to stop a dog or a cat from growing. if you try to stop his growth although his body isn't growing his insides will continue to grow

either rehome or upgrade the tank
 
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James17 said:
I think it's time to upgrade to a 125 more room for goldfish and pleco
I wish I could (I actually daydream about creating an 'indoor creek' for them.)
 
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James17 said:
I think it's time to upgrade to a 125 more room for goldfish and pleco
I wish I could (I actually daydream about creating an 'indoor creek' for them.)
 

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