I went to my local fish store and the owner was out. I wanted a spotted bristle nose but the lady helping me netted a zebra Pleco instead. He is probably a few months old as about 1 in. They charged me $40 which I thought was rather pricey but thought the Pleco usually live for many years and I have bought Bettas for $20 and they don’t live as long ( this was rationale to hubby). He was hanging out on the glass when he got netted but after putting him in my 38 gallon has gone into hiding so can’t get pictures to show you. I have been reading about him and now I’m worried. He was tank bred so not sure what variety he is. Was very striking in color and we named him Zeek. He is in a tank with a betta, 6 tetra, 2 cherry barbs, 2 otos and 4 cories. I have wood cave and rocks, sand and small pebble gravel, plants, keep my temp at 78, have med light, 2 filters- 1 fluval U3 and marine land for 40 gal, air stone I feed frozen brine shrimp , blood worms and other varieties of frozen food to mix it up. My water test at Petco was in safe zone (sorry don’t have my own kit yet) and ph is 6.5. I do 25% water change weekly. All fish seem to be thriving and peaceful. I am very worried about him getting food. I was wondering if I should put him in a 10 gallon until he gets older with strong filter and bubbler with the layered rocks like I saw in a post and a little sand no plants by himself. I would do frequent water changes. I could also move my cories into my 20long is heavy tannins from wood so didn’t think should put Zeek in there and not much current as betta is there and doesn’t like moving water. I respect your opinions as I’m still learning and obviously making mistakes as I go. Any thoughts on this for me? Thanks everyone in advance.