Plecos And Driftwood

Michele Mitchell

Member
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.
 

Daxisapit

Member
I’ve always kept my plecos with driftwood. I believe that they should have it
 

DarkOne

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

DoubleDutch

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

DarkOne

Member
BN's definitely need wood to rasp on.
 

TexasDomer

Member
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.
 

Demeter

Member
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.
 

TexasDomer

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