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post #11 of 14 Old 05-18-2010, 05:51 PM
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plecos ive found have probably the most diverse personalities of any fish ive owned. Ive had a royal pleco that liked to be pet, ive a clown pleco (who are very shy) that hangs out in the open, as long as they arent showing any sign of stress im not worried about it :)

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post #12 of 14 Old 05-18-2010, 06:34 PM Thread Starter
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and how woulod a pleco show stress? sorry i'm paranoid because my tank is algae free and he wont touch the algae flakes i have some i'm worried he'll just starve and die
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post #13 of 14 Old 05-18-2010, 10:01 PM
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ive never seen a pleco eat right away. they will eat, when its quiet and no movement in the room and to start maybe only at night. ive had my common in my 110 for weeks now, never seen him eat :P

they tend to get blotchy and washed out when stressed.

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post #14 of 14 Old 05-19-2010, 01:08 AM
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At 5cm, his nutritional needs are pretty minimal. I would bet that he is grazing around the tank at night, keeping himself going. Give him time. In the end he will recognise algae wafers, and other veg that you might give him, as food items. You will also get to find out what he does,and does not like. As you are finding out, plecos' are not "instant" pets. They take quite a bit of settling in.

BTW zucchini is courgette in the UK. Another good veg to try is butternut squash ... cut a slice then give it 30 secs in a microwave. You will need something metal to weigh down any of the veg. I just pierce things with a teaspoon handle to keep them on the bottom.
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