Is my pleco normal or is something wrong

PuffPuff

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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 I'm explaining it right.
 

hampalong

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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?
 
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PuffPuff

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I don't have any circlation as in a powerhead. I only have a 30 gallon HOB filteration. for my 20 gallon tank
 

Dom90

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What is your HOB rated as, as in GPH?


 

Dom90

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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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PuffPuff

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ill give that a try. I have an air stone in there. not sure if that's a good thing.
 

Dom90

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Do you have plants in there?


 
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PuffPuff

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artifical plants. don't think ill do good with real plants
 

hampalong

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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.
 

Anders247

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What type of pleco is it?
 
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PuffPuff

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I keep fish

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

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its a common pleco. I was a victI'm of the pet store chain pleco buy
 

Anders247

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I keep fish said:
My cories do that once in awhile. Even with an airstone and good circulation. It maybe just a fish thing.
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.

PuffPuff said:
its a common pleco. I was a victI'm of the pet store chain pleco buy
Are you going to upgrade or rehome it?
 
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PuffPuff

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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
 

Anders247

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

Dom90

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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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PuffPuff

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oh yes I agree Dom90. but I do like the pleco.
 

Dom90

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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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PuffPuff

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originally I wanted a spiney box puffer fish. but idk if that's possible anymore, since that's more of a 1 specie tank, or so they tell me
 

waterlilykari

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PuffPuff said:
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
Good excuse for a pond IMO Just think, if you are going to put in a nice roomy pond large enough to adequately house a large pleco anyway, might as well go all out while you're at it and as Dom90 suggested, make sure you can include something easier on the eyes than most people feel plecos are. (Some nice graceful koi, for example)

On a more realistic note, if you decide a pond is not in the works for you, it's either a massive tank or rehoming him/her. If you do rehome him and still want to have similar, consider a clown pleco or a bristlenose pleco since both stay small enough to be content in a 30. I personally would go for the BN if you want to be able to see him more than once in a blue moon though because the personality of the clown plecos is much more reclusive than the BN. (We see our BN come out and about periodically throughout the day before she goes back to snoozing under her favorite piece of driftwood but the clown pleco in the tank at work is seen so infrequently that people have started referring to him as Bigfoot since you have about an equal chance of finding Bigfoot standing in your front yard as you have of seeing the clown pleco ever come out of his cave)


 

Dom90

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waterlilykari said:
Good excuse for a pond IMO Just think, if you are going to put in a nice roomy pond large enough to adequately house a large pleco anyway, might as well go all out while you're at it and as Dom90 suggested, make sure you can include something easier on the eyes than most people feel plecos are. (Some nice graceful koi, for example)
Plus koI fish are considered symbols of good luck. I'd love to have a backyard pond one day...


 

waterlilykari

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Dom90 said:
Plus koI fish are considered symbols of good luck. I'd love to have a backyard pond one day...
That makes two of us on wanting a pond. Unfortunately, for the moment I have to live vicariously through others here that do have ponds.

I did have the same problem of a similarly sizable pleco though and a pond was the solution. Close to a year ago, we bought a tiny little baby pleco that we were told was a BN and so would top out at maybe 4-5 inches. However, after acclimation when we released "Jack" into the tank, he zoomed around exploring his roomy new home and up went the dorsal fin in his excitement. I was pretty sure he was not a BN like we'd been told and even submitted pics here to verify. We gave my son the choice: return him now to the Petsmart we got him from and get an actual BN pleco from somewhere else where we knew for sure that was what we were getting or keep him for however long it too him to grow into the 55 gallon tank and rehome him then (and we made sure he understood that unless something changed we most likely would not have the space or the money to upgrade to as big a tank as he would eventually need and it was not nice to him or healthy for him to stay in a horn too small so there was no option of keeping him indefinitely in the 55)

Fast forward 7 months, and we had an 8 inch long adolescent Sailfin with all the attitude of the average human teenager, and a highly muscular tail he would use to thrash anything in reach whenever he was not happy with something. Tank cleanings were starting to feel like a gamble because I always wondered how much bigger he would have to get to one day be able to smack the tank wall hard enough to smash it. He also started chasing our goldfish to suck off the slime coat - something most of the larger variety plecos do with goldfish as they grow because the muco-protein is like candy to a growing pleco.

I did the only thing I could think of that didn't involve giving Jack to random strangers on Craigslist or a 5 hour drive in a bucket to the nearest family friend we have that has a pond currently. I approached the principal of the elementary school my son attended since they have a several thousand gallon koI and turtle pond donated for the enjoyment of the kids there. We took Jack over one day after school about 2-3 months ago and he has lived in their pond ever since.


 

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