Is my pleco normal or is something wrong

Discussion in 'Freshwater Fish and Invertebrates' started by PuffPuff, Jul 11, 2015.

  1. PuffPuff

    PuffPuff Well Known Member Member

    i have noticed that randomly perhaps twice a day my pleco will shot straight up to the suface of the water and swim back down and act normal. then later on it might do it again. its random when my pleco does it.
    idk if im explaining it right.
     
  2. hampalong

    hampalong Well Known Member Member

    A lot of plecs can go up for air if they need to. Do you have good filtration and circulation in the tank? Plenty of surface movement?
     
  3. OP
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    PuffPuff

    PuffPuff Well Known Member Member

    i dont have any circlation as in a powerhead. i only have a 30g HOB filteration. for my 20gallon tank
     




  4. Dom90

    Dom90 Fishlore VIP Member

    What is your HOB rated as, as in GPH?


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  5. OP
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    PuffPuff

    PuffPuff Well Known Member Member

    its a AquaClear Aquarium Power Filters and is does 150gph
     
  6. Dom90

    Dom90 Fishlore VIP Member

    Hmm your GPH isn't that bad, maybe lower the water level a little bit so you could a steeper waterfall effect?

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  7. OP
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    PuffPuff

    PuffPuff Well Known Member Member

    ill give that a try. i have an air stone in there. not sure if thats a good thing.
     
  8. Dom90

    Dom90 Fishlore VIP Member

    Do you have plants in there?


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  9. OP
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    PuffPuff

    PuffPuff Well Known Member Member

    artifical plants. dont think ill do good with real plants
     
  10. hampalong

    hampalong Well Known Member Member

    An airstone is a good thing if there's one decent column of bubbles because then it will be lifting water up to the surface and then spreading it out across the surface. If it's an air curtain or bubble wall type thing it won't provide much aeration.
     
  11. Anders247

    Anders247 Fishlore Legend Member

    What type of pleco is it?
     
  12. OP
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    PuffPuff

    PuffPuff Well Known Member Member

    its actually a rod. so it will be a bubble wall.
     
  13. I keep fish

    I keep fish Well Known Member Member

    My cories do that once in awhile. Even with an airstone and good circulation. It maybe just a fish thing.
     
  14. OP
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    PuffPuff

    PuffPuff Well Known Member Member

    its a common pleco. i was a victim of the petstore chain pleco buy
     
  15. Anders247

    Anders247 Fishlore Legend Member

    Cories have a thing in their gut that allows them to breathe air from the surface, where they come from there's a low oxygen level.

    Are you going to upgrade or rehome it?
     
  16. OP
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    PuffPuff

    PuffPuff Well Known Member Member

    i thought i was, in the last thread i asked if 75gallons was enough, i was told not really for a common pleco. since it gets 24inch or more
     
  17. Anders247

    Anders247 Fishlore Legend Member

    Yeah... they need huge tanks, something at least 2 and a half feet (preferable 3 feet) wide and 6 feet long.
     
  18. Dom90

    Dom90 Fishlore VIP Member

    Honestly, if I had a 150 or 180 gallon tank, I'd want fish that are easier on the eyes than a common pleco...


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  19. OP
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    PuffPuff

    PuffPuff Well Known Member Member

    oh yes i agree Dom90. but i do like the pleco.
     
  20. Dom90

    Dom90 Fishlore VIP Member

    What I mean is I'd get something that looked nicer. I would probably just make it a saltwater tank and get a couple tangs or something.


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