Plants with Pleco

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    Bluegillfreak Valued Member Member

    What are some plants that my pleco wont eat? He has eaten my huge java fern to death and I just pulled it out of my tank :/ Now I need some new plants and dont know what to get.
     
  2. AquaticBrandon

    AquaticBrandon Well Known Member Member

    What kind of pleco do you have ?


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  3. OP
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    Bluegillfreak Valued Member Member

    Pretty sure its a common.
     
  4. NCE12940

    NCE12940 Well Known Member Member

    Got me... I have Bristlenoses and they vacuum my plants but don't eat them.
     
  5. AquaticBrandon

    AquaticBrandon Well Known Member Member

    Same. I have a pleco but he never eats my plants.


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  6. Witchydesign

    Witchydesign Well Known Member Member

    Have you tried giving him fresh veggies?
     
  7. AquaticBrandon

    AquaticBrandon Well Known Member Member

    Also he might of been hungry so that's why he ate your plant. Feed him fresh vegetables like zucchini, lettuce, and cucumbers.


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    Bluegillfreak Valued Member Member

    How much and do I just cut him off s piece and drop it in?
     
  9. Witchydesign

    Witchydesign Well Known Member Member

    I do a long slice personally. Its for my snails but itll be the same for a pleco. I weight mine down with a rock. [​IMG] i prefer the rubber band to string, but you can use either.
     
  10. Aquarist

    Aquarist Fishlore Legend Member

    Good morning,

    Plants can be hit or miss with Plecos in the tank. Even though they may not eat the plant, they can surely break off the leaves when they try and rest on them.

    My Sail Fin Pleco and Bristle Nose Pleco both love Romaine Lettuce and raw zucchini stuffed with wafers and food sticks. As for the lettuce, Romaine has more nutritional value than Iceberg lettuce. I simply attach the left to a veggie clip and place it on the inside glass. Once the lettuce has been eaten to the rib, I remove it.

    Veggie clip, best I've found to date:
    http://www.thatpetplace.com/julian-sprungs-sea-veggies-clip
    Don't waste your time and $ on the Nemo veggie clips. I've broken most of them before I even got to use them.

    Keeping Romaine Lettuce Fresh:
    https://www.fishlore.com/fishforum/fish-food/69731-keeping-romaine-lettuce-fresh.html

    Zucchini:

    I slice it round about 3" to 4" thick. Weight it with plant anchors, stuff it with food sticks and wafers and let it sink to the bottom. I do not blanch or boil or nuke the slice. It goes in completely raw. After 4 to 6 hours, I remove the slice before I have to fish out the plant weights. :) If you feed at night, remove any uneaten portions the next morning.

    If you do indeed have a Common Pleco, it is going to outgrow your tank quickly. IMO, these fish should be left in the wild. There are other varieties more suitable for the home aquarium, like the Sail Fin and the Bristle Nose Pleco.

    Ken
     
  11. OP
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    Bluegillfreak Valued Member Member

    I'm not sure if it's a common or not to be honest but I'll start feeding it like you reccomend and see if I can get my last little healthy java fern plant to start growing.
     
  12. NCE12940

    NCE12940 Well Known Member Member

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    Bluegillfreak Valued Member Member

    What all kinds of stuff can I feed my pleco and do I have to do anything to it or just clean it cut it and put it in?
     
  14. Witchydesign

    Witchydesign Well Known Member Member

    Zuchinni and cucumber are both hits, romaine lettuce, algae wafers... I read someone here gives hers pumpkin in october.