Taking An 8 Year Old Common Pleco From A 10 Gallon And Moving It To A New Home

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Ok...so I have these friends that I didn't know had a fish tank. They are a common pleco that's 8 years old in there. The tank is a 10 gallon, so I talked to them. Long story short, I'm movin the pleco to my 60gal to live out the rest of his years. They had given him nothing but left over fish food. No veggies or anything. So I'm bring his home tomorrow and making him happy with my two female plecos.
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How big is he? Probably stunted though.
 

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Poor thing. Hopefully he'll do well with you!
 

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Wow! 8 years is quite a long time. Good thing you got him a forever home to live the rest of its life. Hopefully, it will be a long one.
 

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scarface said:
Wow! 8 years is quite a long time. Good thing you got him a forever home to live the rest of its life. Hopefully, it will be a long one.
8 years would be less than average (when properly cared for), but 8 years in a 10 gallon being fed left over fish food....wowzers.
 

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For some reason, fish seem to live longer in bad care than in good care.

Like there isn’t a video of a 23 year old goldfish that got a floatationdecoce, but the tank is so tiny and the goldfish is super stunted.

My goldfish get a 40,000 gallon pond and they just die off randomly.
 

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I find this to be true as well.
 

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I don't know, all my oldest fish have lived in my six foot tank (110g).

I hope the rescue goes well.

As you may know some plecos don't like each others company so beware as they can die of stress if chased around (in my experience).

Did you confirm it is a male? They can be more aggressive I believe.

I think it could still grow more as it isn't near the end of its potential lifespan.
 
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Never got one reply. Sorry didn't get pinged. He's like a foot. Yes he is stunned. He's with me right now. Looks like a male
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Yea, and when I try to keep an angelfish in a 55 gallon perfect parameters and I do 50% WC every 2 day. $300 down the toilet (no I don't flush fish)
 
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Aqua Hands said:
Yea, and when I try to keep an angelfish in a 55 gallon perfect parameters and I do 50% WC every 2 day. $300 down the toilet (no I don't flush fish)
No such thing as perfect water parameters
 

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Sarah73 said:
No such thing as perfect water parameters
yea, VEry closely then
 
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Haha. Btw he's doing great with the plump females
 

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He should love some veggies and a larger tank!
 
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He's not eating veggies yet. Hope the females will show him how to eat later today
 
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Yes he's eating when I don't pay attention to him!. Yay him
 

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Nice!
 
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He's rearranging my sand! Everywhere. So many hills now. Just what I needed haha
 

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Years ago I kept a hi-fin pleco in a 10 gallon, and he lived in there for nearly 9 yrs and never grew over 3.5" long.

I was told this was a smaller species of pleco. Not so folks!

Most of his life he only lived with one Rio De Janero tetra, and he did not grow.

Then I put him in a big tank and he started to grow overnight, and within months he had gone to 9 in+.

He eventually grew to over 11 inches before he jumped out of the tank and perished.
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The secret about bad fish care and Longevity is this:

Bad fishkeepers kill off all the weak ones right away and forget about them. Then they wind up with one really strong fish that lives for 12 years no matter what they do to it.

I have proved this to myself over the past 45 years of keeping.
 
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He's very happy
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