Is it really necessary?

  1. fisharegreat8962 Member Member

    Hey! So I have a new tank all ready for a new bottom feeder. This one is a Hypostomus plecostomus bottom feeder suckermouth armoured pleco catfish (commonly referred to as the "common pleco"). I was just wondering, is it absolutely necessary for them to have driftwood or can they just feed on the algae and the occasional algae wafer? I know they do like to munch on it but is it 100% necessary or just recommended? Either way, I'll buy some driftwood, but if it's just a slight decoration or maybe just a treat they I might not. Thanks for any input.
  2. happygolucky Well Known Member Member

    I think size of tank is more important than driftwood, what size, and are you aware that the majority of commons can reach 18", and some up to 24"?

    I know BN plecos really like driftwood (a good, small alternative to commons), but I'm unsure about common plecos.

  3. fisharegreat8962 Member Member

    I'm very aware of that, I've done my research on them. I have a 10 gallon tank that I'm going to start him in and let him grow a bit and then transfer him to my 150 gallon tank.
  4. bizaliz3 Fishlore VIP Member

    They are poop machines even when they are tiny. In a 10 gallon tank you're going to want to do water changes multiple times a week to keep up with that poop!

  5. fisharegreat8962 Member Member

    But should I put driftwood in my 10 gallon while he's growing out a bit?
  6. bizaliz3 Fishlore VIP Member

    I would.
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  8. happygolucky Well Known Member Member

    Good luck! I wouldn't keep him in the 10g for very long at all, switch him/her over at 4-5 inches tops, lest s/he get stunted
  9. fisharegreat8962 Member Member

    Of course. I'll just be having him in there until he'll be good in there. he's in there with a few snails but i looked it up to doublecheck that they're compatible and they are, so no worries :)

    thanks for all the info