Sucker Fish ( Pleco)

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my sucker fish ( pleco) has 2 completly clear spots on the tips of his tail .. they don't seem to be torn or nipped at and I'm confused as to why he is losing complete color any help would be great ... my son's father gave him the tanks long with the pleco and a couple other fish , my son is 6 , of course he lost interest in a few weeks and I'm normally not a fish person but I've gotten attached to them and I'm trying my best to keep them alive
 

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Hard to see what you are talking about. I will say that some pleco's have a bit of chameleonism to them.
 
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the very tip of his tail is completely clear that's why it's hard to see , I've read that they can camouflage to some degree but would that allow for parts to become clear ?
 

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Looks like normal pleco coloration to me. However, unless your tank is in the hundreds of gallons, you should look into rehoming the fish, as they grow into huge, hungry fish that poop like you wouldn't believe.
 

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ahhh ok i see now. Ive never seen one go clear. How are your water conditions and tank size? Does it just look clear no fuzzyness or anything?
 

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scarface said:
It’s a bristlenose pleco. The white marking on the tail is a clear identifier. They stay quite small, reaching 6-7 inches max, but 4-5 inches is more common.
Good eye, I just assumed it was a common. So many fish stores will push "algae eaters" on folks and they end up buying a common for a 10 gallon setup.

@Aj52 bristlenose do stay smaller but they are still recommended for a 30 gallon minimum.
 
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NavyChief20 said:
ahhh ok i see now. Ive never seen one go clear. How are your water conditions and tank size? Does it just look clear no fuzzyness or anything?
no fuzziness no white spots just clear .. and I just did a water test and everything is normal .. I just did a water change on Saturday. I normally do at least a 30% water change every week

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no fuzziness no white spots just clear .. and I just did a water test and everything is normal .. I just did a water change on Saturday. I normally do at least a 30% water change every week
also it's a 30 gallon tank
 
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Fahn said:
Good eye, I just assumed it was a common. So many fish stores will push "algae eaters" on folks and they end up buying a common for a 10 gallon setup.

@Aj52 bristlenose do stay smaller but they are still recommended for a 30 gallon minimum.
I do have a 30 gallon and honestly I didn't even know the name of it till just now lol I'm very new to this fish thing .. and honestly I'm trying I've lost a few fish to reasons I honestly don't know and didn't want any new fish till I figured out why , then my kids dad gifted him a pleco then a sword tail then a platy smh
 
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NavyChief20 said:
Im guessing by the way you say his "dad" its the ex. Exe's are so helpful ugg.
tell me about it ...

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Good to know it's the right size. How long have you had the tank?
since Feb ...
 
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Mine bleached my 72 gallon tank while i was deployed. I appreciated that one.
omg .... and here I was complaining about mine randomly bringing new fish ..that had to be horrible
 

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omg .... and here I was complaining about mine randomly bringing new fish ..that had to be horrible
it required some patience. she got my car i got the kids. i win.
 
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it required some patience. she got my car i got the kids. i win.
you definitely came out on top of that situation. .
 

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Wow, talk about Sophie's Choice. In that case, I hope you have really great kids.
 
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