Feeding A Pleco

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HI Everyone, I have a common pleco in my 55 gallon tank. I was wondering how much I should feed him? He is about 6 inches long and I give him one algae wafer every other night and I also give him zucchinI has well. Does this sound like enough, I also do not want to over feed him. Thanks!
 
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Keep a watch on his stomach, as long as it doesn't get sunken right below his chin he is OK. If he does then a little more zucchinI would be in order.
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I hope you're eventually considering re-homing the pleco since it could grow to about 2 feet.
 
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funkman262 said:
I hope you're eventually considering re-homing the pleco since it could grow to about 2 feet.
Of course I am. I have a 150 gallon+ tank plans this summer
 
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What do you mean Butterfly.....about the sunken stomach? I'm just being curious because I've never heard about this.
 
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Jrobber said:
What do you mean Butterfly.....about the sunken stomach? I'm just being curious because I've never heard about this.
Pleco that aren't feeding well or aren't getting enough to eat will get a sunken look to their stomach.
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The sunken in stomach is basically a really skinny fish haha. Just like if you weren't eating enough you'd loose weight.

Personally I'd give him a couple more algae wafers each day or maybe get some marine seaweed mine LOVES that. As plecos get larger they eat algae off the glass less and less. They also enjoy munching on driftwood from what I hear so I'd think about adding some of that if you don't already have some.
 
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If they don't get enough food, their stomachs become concave. And, they appear bloated when getting too much. I accidentally did this when I first started keeping them. It is a balancing act as you want them to eat the algae.
 
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e_watson09 said:
The sunken in stomach is basically a really skinny fish haha. quote]
Actually it's not just a skinny fish, the stomach will be sunken in.
Carol
 
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