Is my pleco normal or is something wrong

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

  1. PuffPuffWell Known MemberMember

    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. hampalongWell Known MemberMember

    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. PuffPuffWell Known MemberMember

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

  4. Dom90Fishlore VIPMember

    What is your HOB rated as, as in GPH?

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  5. PuffPuffWell Known MemberMember

    its a AquaClear Aquarium Power Filters and is does 150gph
  6. Dom90Fishlore VIPMember

    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. PuffPuffWell Known MemberMember

    ill give that a try. i have an air stone in there. not sure if thats a good thing.
  8. Dom90Fishlore VIPMember

    Do you have plants in there?

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  9. PuffPuffWell Known MemberMember

    artifical plants. dont think ill do good with real plants
  10. hampalongWell Known MemberMember

    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. Anders247Fishlore LegendMember

    What type of pleco is it?
  12. PuffPuffWell Known MemberMember

  13. I keep fishWell Known MemberMember

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

    its a common pleco. i was a victim of the petstore chain pleco buy
  15. Anders247Fishlore LegendMember

    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. PuffPuffWell Known MemberMember

    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. Anders247Fishlore LegendMember

    Yeah... they need huge tanks, something at least 2 and a half feet (preferable 3 feet) wide and 6 feet long.
  18. Dom90Fishlore VIPMember

    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. PuffPuffWell Known MemberMember

    oh yes i agree Dom90. but i do like the pleco.
  20. Dom90Fishlore VIPMember

    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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