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post #11 of 13 Old 05-17-2007, 04:51 PM Thread Starter
Wow, quite a lot of advice there! Thanks folks. I think i'm gonna go for plastic container then into a bag to acclimatize etc. I was hoping not to take all the other stuff out as there are other fish in the tank and i didn't want to stress them either, but i guess sometimes fish just have to put up with a bit of stress for their own good in the long run, i know i do! Same reason i can't almost empty it.
There's nothing wrong with a 5" plec, we were all young once and if i can get him safely into his new home he'll soon be a monster too!
Julie - he was sold to me as a "Big Spot Pleco," but looks suspiciously like a common one to me...

Sorry the pics not very good, my camera's a bit rubbish, and he doesn't like having his photo taken! What veg will he like, and do i have to boil it fist to soften it or anything?
Nice fish there bolty! And Daz!
Thanks again everyone, i'll let you know how the move goes!
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post #12 of 13 Old 05-17-2007, 04:54 PM
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Romaine lettuce, kale, courgette, sweet potato are a few. I feed mainly courgette because it's easy and they seem to love it!

I also never cook anything forst, just a good scrub and in it goes. Remember to peel the sweet potato though. Use a teaspoon to spear the veg so they sink.

A big spot pleco:

He's a lovely plec though. There's nothing wrong with the small ones at all! They're exactly the same as the big ones, except we get to watch them grow! :D
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post #13 of 13 Old 05-17-2007, 08:59 PM Thread Starter
Ok, after one final water check to make sure all the levels are a-ok' i made the move. Damn me, but the little blighter be quick! I got him (eventually) with the patented plastic-jug-and-shoo-with-the-net-handle method and after acclimitising him let him go free into his big new home! So far i think he's ok, but all he's done is sit in one corner, not even bothering to hide, with all his fins clamped. It's been a couple of hours now and he hasn't moved, and the "i'm a stressed fish" pale patches are letting me know he's not a happy fishy. Hopefully this is just a grump after putting him through such trauma, and he'll settle in overnight. Thanks again for all your help, and i'm sure Brian would thank you too, if he appreciated he fact that i've actually done him a favor and not just chased him around for the fun of it!

P.S Sorry for the even worse photo, this one's off my phone, the real camera may have got a little bit wet...
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