Plecos And Driftwood

Discussion in 'Pleco - Plecostomus' started by Michele Mitchell, Apr 14, 2018.

  1. Michele Mitchell

    Michele MitchellNew MemberMember

    Is driftwood important for plecos? I read somewhere that they need it as part of their diet. My dad had a pleco when I was growing up and I don't remember any in the tank and I've had plecos off and on and they've done fine without.
  2. Daxisapit

    DaxisapitValued MemberMember

    I’ve always kept my plecos with driftwood. I believe that they should have it :)
  3. DarkOne

    DarkOneFishlore VIPMember

    Most (all?) pleco species need to rasp on wood to help digestion.
  4. DoubleDutch

    DoubleDutchFishlore LegendMember

    Clowns must have, BN's don't in my opinion (vague description on PC telling they benefit of it)
  5. DarkOne

    DarkOneFishlore VIPMember

    BN's definitely need wood to rasp on.
  6. TexasDomer

    TexasDomerFishlore LegendMember

    Depends on the species. I have a more carnivorous pleco and he does not need wood to rasp on. Many of the more herbivorous plecos do.
  7. Demeter

    DemeterFishlore VIPMember

    All plecos benefit from wood. My first BN pleco went w/o wood for the first few years, then I suddenly decided to get several pieces for and now all my BN are almost always rasping on the wood. They love it.
  8. TexasDomer

    TexasDomerFishlore LegendMember

    Carnivorous plecos might benefit from the wood for hiding places, but not all plecos eat or rasp on it.