06-15-2007, 11:55 PM
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While I think everyone here had some great advice and I think you should give the pleco a new home because your tank is small and plecos are big poopers. I am in the same situation so I have a practical answer for you.
To start, I use a fairly small gravel siphon vac. The trick is once you get the siphon running to keep the bucket or whatever you are using for the water up high (I keep mine on the counter) so the water flow slows down. If I put it on the floor the water swooshes out of there so fast I literally have 2 minutes of vacuum time.
I vacuum once a week, a little here a little there with no distinct pattern or method.
Also, you might want to add a little melafix for the nipped fins. It works wonders.