Pleco mess

Discussion in 'Driftwood' started by raptorsvt79, Mar 11, 2012.

  1. raptorsvt79

    raptorsvt79Well Known MemberMember

    do plecos usually leave a mess after chewing on driftwood?...i have a small bristle nose pleco...and he's going crazy on that driftwood and the coconut caves...and see lots of debris on the sand..
  2. Akari_32

    Akari_32Fishlore LegendMember

    My Clown makes a terrible mess out of his driftwood. Water changes consist of sucking up more wood bits than poop! LOL
  3. Butterfly

    ButterflyModeratorModerator Member

    Plecos have a very straight digestive tract. So about as soon as something goes in the mouth it comes out the other end. This fast digestion means they have to eat lots of food to get all the nutrients they need to stay healthy. More food, more waste. They need lignin in the wood to help with good digestion. Hope that helps.
    Good article but better down at the bottom :)

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