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Spotted Salfin Pleco (Leopard Pleco) with plants
Old 07-20-2011, 07:04 AM   #1
 
Question Spotted Salfin Pleco (Leopard Pleco) with plants

I have heard that Spotted Silfing Plecos (Leopard Plecos) destroy plants when they grow up! is it true?? if it is, can u please suggest me ways to prevent it? Thanks!
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Old 07-21-2011, 08:45 PM   #2
 
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I had a pleco in a lightly planted tank for several years. One morning I woke up and all the plant leaves on all the swords were gone, nothing left. It's possible you can get one that will not eat your plants, but I wouldn't count on it! Feed heavily and regularly with fresh veggies such as sliced zucchini, spinach, green beans, etc. That might keep it from going after you plants, but it's not a sure thing at all.

If you buy one, don't get upset if your plants become one big salad bar!
About the only pleco I know that is consistently noted as plant-safe is the bristlenose plecostomus. Unfortunately, it's a lot smaller.
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Old 07-22-2011, 04:31 AM   #3
 
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I had a pleco in a lightly planted tank for several years. One morning I woke up and all the plant leaves on all the swords were gone, nothing left. It's possible you can get one that will not eat your plants, but I wouldn't count on it! Feed heavily and regularly with fresh veggies such as sliced zucchini, spinach, green beans, etc. That might keep it from going after you plants, but it's not a sure thing at all.

If you buy one, don't get upset if your plants become one big salad bar!
About the only pleco I know that is consistently noted as plant-safe is the bristlenose plecostomus. Unfortunately, it's a lot smaller.
oh thank you so much!!! i will return it back to this stupid shop that informs me with useless information all the time! thanks
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Old 08-01-2011, 05:46 AM   #4
 
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I had a pleco in a lightly planted tank for several years. One morning I woke up and all the plant leaves on all the swords were gone, nothing left. It's possible you can get one that will not eat your plants, but I wouldn't count on it! Feed heavily and regularly with fresh veggies such as sliced zucchini, spinach, green beans, etc. That might keep it from going after you plants, but it's not a sure thing at all.

If you buy one, don't get upset if your plants become one big salad bar!
About the only pleco I know that is consistently noted as plant-safe is the bristlenose plecostomus. Unfortunately, it's a lot smaller.
i gave zucchini to my pleco but he didnt ate it... should i try another veggie?
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Old 08-01-2011, 07:03 AM   #5
 
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If it's a small plecostomus, you might try blanching the zucchini. Just zap a slice in the microwave about 30 seconds. That will soften it up. My Bristlenose Plecos eat zucchini, but seem to prefer pieces that have been sitting in the tank for about 12-24 hours, then they tear them up!

Small plecos won't always eat much. Also, make certain you have some real wood in the tank for their digestive system.
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Old 08-02-2011, 02:28 PM   #6
 
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If it's a small plecostomus, you might try blanching the zucchini. Just zap a slice in the microwave about 30 seconds. That will soften it up. My Bristlenose Plecos eat zucchini, but seem to prefer pieces that have been sitting in the tank for about 12-24 hours, then they tear them up!

Small plecos won't always eat much. Also, make certain you have some real wood in the tank for their digestive system.
thank you so much!
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Old 08-02-2011, 03:49 PM   #7
 
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So far so good with my Sailfin Pleco. He is only about 10 inches long now but thus far, no plant eating. He does lay on the plants all the time though, like he is in a nest. It is kind of cute. I am planning on taking him to the petstore for a trade once he is bigger. I am lucky to have a store that will trade up.
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