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post #1 of 7 Old 06-26-2010, 11:45 PM Thread Starter
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Pleco Tank

Yesterday I got an incredible deal on a 33gal long tank I plan on filling with some small Royal Pleco's. I know I need wood and 'caves' in the tank but I'm not sure if its best to use sand or the 'round' gravel I got with the tank. Also, I plan on this tank being a planted tank.

1 Regular Pleco (4-5 years old), 6 Clown Loaches, 1 Giant Danio (4-5 years old), 3 Koi
62.5g tank

Fish in Cycling. Reedfish, 10 ghost shrimp.
House for the royals
33g long

Striped Raphael catfish, 2 royal pleco.
25g tank

50+ Convict Cichlids babies
15g hex tank
R.I.P Jaws - 18" Pleco ~10 years old.
R.I.P Giant Danio ~5 years old.
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post #2 of 7 Old 06-27-2010, 12:05 AM
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Yesterday I got an incredible deal on a 33gal long tank I plan on filling with some small Royal Pleco's. I know I need wood and 'caves' in the tank but I'm not sure if its best to use sand or the 'round' gravel I got with the tank. Also, I plan on this tank being a planted tank.

Research on this Pleco indicates fish capable of reaching 17 inches and they do not get along with members of their own species or other plecos.
Would also submit that plants would most likely be eaten.

The most important medication in your fish medicine cabinet is.. Clean water.
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post #3 of 7 Old 06-27-2010, 12:34 AM Thread Starter
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Right now 2 of the pleco's are just babies, about 2" each. I have my older one which is about 5". They're all in the same 25g tank and seem to make out fine for now. I figure enough hiding places and wood and they should do ok. If not I have tanks I can separate them into.

1 Regular Pleco (4-5 years old), 6 Clown Loaches, 1 Giant Danio (4-5 years old), 3 Koi
62.5g tank

Fish in Cycling. Reedfish, 10 ghost shrimp.
House for the royals
33g long

Striped Raphael catfish, 2 royal pleco.
25g tank

50+ Convict Cichlids babies
15g hex tank
R.I.P Jaws - 18" Pleco ~10 years old.
R.I.P Giant Danio ~5 years old.
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post #4 of 7 Old 06-27-2010, 10:04 AM
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wish i had spare tanks for my plecs :(
i'm lookin g tore-home mine.
good luck with yours.

when you set up a new tank,hide an extra
sponge or two behind some decor,that way you have
something seeded for you next filter.
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post #5 of 7 Old 06-27-2010, 01:09 PM
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Common names can be misleading, but if this "Royal" pleco is Panaque nigrolineatus then I agree with 1077. It gets much too big to be in a 3-foot tank (the 33g is presumably 3 feet, mine is) for more than a few weeks, and it is aggressive with its own species. It won't even be able to turn around in this tank when it is full grown, if it should reach that stage.

Fish grow all their lives, unlike us. As the fish grows it not only becomes larger (or should), it develops internally. The organs need to grow properly, or the fish will be what is termed "stunted" and have innumerable health problems and often significantly shorter lifespans. Potentially large fish must be provided adequate space from the start. It is not only the physical "space" but the water quality associated with that space; the smaller the water volume, the more biological issues there are, and while you and I may not "see" evidence of any of this, the fish live in it and do.

My suggestion would be one of this species in a 4-foot or larger aquarium; a group I would not suggest without much larger tanks.

I am sorry to "rain on the parade" but the health of your fish is our prime concern, and I (like 1077) want to be helpful to that end.

Byron.

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Something we all need to remember: The fish you've acquired was quite happy not being owned by you, minding its own business. If you’re going to take it under your wing then you’re responsible for it. Every aspect of its life is under your control, from water quality and temperature to swimming space. [Nathan Hill in PFK]
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post #6 of 7 Old 06-27-2010, 02:49 PM Thread Starter
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Right now I dont have room for a bigger tank then the 33gal. The fish are just small now and I do plan on getting a bigger tank when I eventually move. Since one pleco is about 5" I wanted to move him out of the 25gal he's in now and I got a good deal on the 33gal and I have room for it. I do have a 4 foot long tank but I know it's already pushing its limits.

1 Regular Pleco (4-5 years old), 6 Clown Loaches, 1 Giant Danio (4-5 years old), 3 Koi
62.5g tank

Fish in Cycling. Reedfish, 10 ghost shrimp.
House for the royals
33g long

Striped Raphael catfish, 2 royal pleco.
25g tank

50+ Convict Cichlids babies
15g hex tank
R.I.P Jaws - 18" Pleco ~10 years old.
R.I.P Giant Danio ~5 years old.
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Right now I dont have room for a bigger tank then the 33gal. The fish are just small now and I do plan on getting a bigger tank when I eventually move. Since one pleco is about 5" I wanted to move him out of the 25gal he's in now and I got a good deal on the 33gal and I have room for it. I do have a 4 foot long tank but I know it's already pushing its limits.
That's fine, move the pleco into the 33g (glad you got the tank at a deal; its a nice size, I like mine as long as we don't overload them). Just don't get more plecos; as I mentioned they will not get along even in a 4 foot tank as they mature. Juvenile fish often seem OK but when they start to develop their natural instincts emerge.

Byron Hosking, BMus, MA
Vancouver, BC, Canada

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Something we all need to remember: The fish you've acquired was quite happy not being owned by you, minding its own business. If you’re going to take it under your wing then you’re responsible for it. Every aspect of its life is under your control, from water quality and temperature to swimming space. [Nathan Hill in PFK]
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