Is my pleco normal or is something wrong

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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 im explaining it right.
 

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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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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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artifical plants. dont think ill do good with real plants
 

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

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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.

its a common pleco. i was a victim of the petstore chain pleco buy
Are you going to upgrade or rehome it?
 
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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
 

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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.
 

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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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