"Rescued" Pleco Questions

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Back story if you didn't see the first thread about this fellow, I found him on offerup in a half full ten gallon, no heater or filter. It was bare aside from gravel, some big rocks presumably from outside, and a weird ceramic shell that had white **** rubbing off on my hands. His water was yellow. He'd been like this at least a month. The fish was basically dumped on the person I got him from, and she didn't know anything about him, not even the species. She said they'd 'just' ran out of food for him, I didn't ask what was being fed. I use 'he' loosely as I don't know the real gender of the fish. Currently he is still in this 10 gallon (this is temporary probably for 2 weeks max before he goes to his adopter, who has a 125 gal). I removed the gravel to make it bare bottom, and added a pleco cave and fake plants. It's running a Penguin bio-wheel rated for a 30 or 50 gal (don't recall exact gph as this is an older, spare filter). Heater is at 78. Will be doing daily water changes, and removing any poop and excess food. He's close to a foot long.

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how can I tell if this fish is underweight, and how much should he be eating?
-The pleco log was covered in thick brown algae which he cleared away over night. I also gave him a little algae wafer that I have for my shrimp. Probably half an inch in diameter, not big at all. I understand I should be feeding plecos at night, and that of course they can't sustain themselves on algae. I also have carrots and broccoli on hand I can feed him. I didn't expect him to clear off the log like he did, which makes me wonder if he was getting enough food previously.

Is it normal for a pleco to have an aversion to light?
-I don't have a light for this tank, so it'll be staying dim anyway. To sum it up, the tank is dim and he doesn't like it when the room light comes on. The ceiling light is pretty weak as it is, but he moves away when the light comes on. I decided to cover the tank with a towel for now. Due to his light issues, I haven't been able to get a good pic as I don't want to scare him.

Aside from those things, I feel like he is all right. He is eating and looks physically okay aside from some tears in his fins. I just want to make sure he's doing perfect before I send him off to his new home.
 

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Judging from the pic, the Pleco looks physically normal & proportioned well. Lucky Pleco, you are doing a really good job with him.
 
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A201 said:
Judging from the pic, the Pleco looks physically normal & proportioned well. Lucky Pleco, you are doing a really good job with him.
Well I just got it yesterday if the weight is good that isn't my work. But I do make sure all my "rescues" get this sort of attention.

Right now he's probably snoozing. So far he hangs on the left side of the tank where the filter and his log are.
 
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He's gotten better with light. His tank doesn't have a light but he doesn't go flying away when the room light comes on. Been letting him go to town on decor w/ algae from other tanks, and feeding wafers. I tried broccoli and he didn't care. Got some Repashy food I'll try for him and my inverts.
 

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