Help Common Pleco Sick?

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This is Larry Lovestein. I've had Larry for 7 months now, I got him when he was a 2 inch long juvenile. He has been perfectly healthy his whole life, never had any problems. He is in a 55 gallon freshwater tank. Ammonia, Nitrites, and Nitrates are fine. His tank mates include Mollies, Guppies, platies, and tetras. Everyone gets a long. No fin nipping, no chasing, like ever. They're all awesome fish. But last night I noticed Larry looked like. Idk. I guess his body and coloration looked patchy. Why is that? Is he sick? Is this normal? I didn't know how to word this so I couldn't look it up. Can someone tell me if this is something to be concerned about? He's usually pure dark brown, with the light brown pattern on top. This patchy look, in the pictures, is not what he looks like everyday. Oh and this morning, he is back to normal! So. What is this?? Any feedback would be awesome
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My pleco looks like that sometimes too but ive never noticed him acting any differently so I never thought anything of it. I'm kind of scared now!
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In the oic, you can notice the blurry part on his back, that's where it tends to get patchy
 

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I don't know but I do know it would happen occasionally to Jethro, my common pleco. I have re-homed him since he grew too big for my 55 gallon tank but this discoloration happened to him from time to time. He is now living out his life in a HUGE man-made pond.
 
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SuzanaBanana said:
In the oic, you can notice the blurry part on his back, that's where it tends to get patchy
Mines never acted any differently either! That's why I wonder if it's maybe normal??
 
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mattgirl said:
I don't know but I do know it would happen occasionally to Jethro, my common pleco. I have re-homed him since he grew too big for my 55 gallon tank but this discoloration happened to him from time to time. He is now living out his life in a HUGE man-made pond.
That's awesome! Larry isn't very big yet, but when he does get too big for this tank, he is also going in a pond
 

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Common plecos are actually my very favorite fish. Sadly they quickly outgrow the biggest tank I have so have settled on having a Bristle nose instead (that is Elbert over there in my avatar). He is going on 3 years old now and is full grown at a whopping 4 1/2 maybe closer to 5 inches. Jethro was up to 7 inches in less than a year

That's awesome! Larry isn't very big yet, but when he does get too big for this tank, he is also going in a pond
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It is good that you have a new home already picked out for him.
 
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mattgirl said:
Common plecos are actually my very favorite fish. Sadly they quickly outgrow the biggest tank I have so have settled on having a Bristle nose instead (that is Elbert over there in my avatar). He is going on 3 years old now and is full grown at a whopping 4 1/2 maybe closer to 5 inches. Jethro was up to 7 inches in less than a year
Haha I did the same thing! I live with my sister and her bf and he actually had the 55 gallon along with two 10 gallons and a 5 gallon. I have a 29 gallon, a 10 gallon, and a 1.5 gallon. So all together we have 7 tanks in this house when Larry outgrew my 29 (which was VERY quickly) I put him in my sisters bfs 55. Now I have a BN Pleco in my 29 and he's only 2.5 inches long maybe. I love Plecos too
 

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StormTrooper said:
Mines never acted any differently either! That's why I wonder if it's maybe normal??
Mine has not either. It is very active, eats and poops regularly
 

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all common plecos have that stipe looking bands on their backs, it is their normal patterns and colors that they have when they are a little light in color, and mine has it too.
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