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post #1 of 22 Old 01-11-2011, 01:46 AM Thread Starter
Question 7 goldfish and one monster pleco

i hav a small 10 gal tank with 7 goldfish and a 12 inch pleco. i know, i know its overcrowded. i dont have any tanks available. what shoul i do?
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post #2 of 22 Old 01-11-2011, 10:36 AM
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how the heck does a 12inch pleco even fit in a 10gal tank??!

Ask your local fish store if they'll take the fish back. If not, put an advert somewhere online offering them for rehoming - gumtree, craigs list etc
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post #3 of 22 Old 01-11-2011, 10:40 AM Thread Starter
yeah the pleco has been alive some 6 years and goldfish have come and gone but hes stayed like that! would puting some ina outdoor pond help?
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post #4 of 22 Old 01-11-2011, 01:20 PM
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i hav a small 10 gal tank with 7 goldfish and a 12 inch pleco. i know, i know its overcrowded. i dont have any tanks available. what shoul i do?
I'm certainly not an expert but I'd think a pleco that size would be unhappy in a 10 gallon. Just my opinion. Maybe look on craigslist for a bigger tank for him? They are relatively cheap on there in my experience. Oh and I'd love to see a pic of him, sounds awesome!
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post #5 of 22 Old 01-11-2011, 03:00 PM Thread Starter
yeah he doesnt seem too happy
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post #6 of 22 Old 01-11-2011, 03:02 PM Thread Starter
ill try to get a pic up online. and yes i will probably move him soon:)
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post #7 of 22 Old 01-11-2011, 03:04 PM
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If it were me I would take the pleco to a pet store and see if you can trade him in. If you really like plecos there are many smaller species that can handle a smaller tank.
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If it were me I would take the pleco to a pet store and see if you can trade him in. If you really like plecos there are many smaller species that can handle a smaller tank.
After I posted possibly getting a larger tank, I realized that one big enough for him to really spread out would be rather large and therefore, maybe not so cheap!
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post #9 of 22 Old 01-11-2011, 04:05 PM
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Yeah, I wouldn't put a 12" pleco in anything less than a 50 breeder, maybe a 40 if he was all alone in there. My big question is how much filtration is on the 7 goldfish and pleco. Even a decent canister filter would have trouble with all that poop.
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post #10 of 22 Old 01-11-2011, 04:58 PM
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Um not to sound mean but you tank is to small for any of these fish. Goldfish need at least 20 gallons a piece as they get big and the poor pleco probably can not even hardley move in a tank that small I would suggest takeing them to the LFS or rehoming them unless you plan on getting a huge tank for them.

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