Need help with Pleco! - Floating/bouyancy issue
Tropical Fish

Tropical Fish Keeping - Aquarium fish care and resources » Freshwater Fish and Aquariums » Freshwater and Tropical Fish » Catfish » Need help with Pleco! - Floating/bouyancy issue

Need help with Pleco! - Floating/bouyancy issue

This is a discussion on Need help with Pleco! - Floating/bouyancy issue within the Catfish forums, part of the Freshwater and Tropical Fish category; --> I have a 8-9 inch common pleco in my 125 gallon tank. He is kept with cichlids. I do regular weekly 25% water changes. ...

Check out these freshwater fish profiles
Bronze Cory
Bronze Cory
Dwarf Cory
Dwarf Cory
Reply
LinkBack Thread Tools vBmenu Seperating Image Search this Thread vBmenu Seperating Image
Need help with Pleco! - Floating/bouyancy issue
Old 03-04-2011, 11:24 PM   #1
 
ThalesthePearsei's Avatar
 
Need help with Pleco! - Floating/bouyancy issue

I have a 8-9 inch common pleco in my 125 gallon tank. He is kept with cichlids. I do regular weekly 25% water changes. I have a Otto Canister filter and a big rio pump. I feed regular flakes, African Cichlid Attack small sinking pellets, and large Hikari Cichlid pellets for the big eaters in the tank. Also cucumber and romaine lettuce a couple times a week.
For a few months now the pleco has developed a new behavior where he floats at the surface belly up. I have tried to research this behavior and I get two possible scenarios: its either "normal behavior" or an illness.
It has progressed to the point where he rarely leaves the surface now. When he does do down to the bottom, he usually has to wedge himself under a rock or piece of driftwood to stay down.
Please, any information or advice you can offer me is greatly appreciated. I don't want to lose "Pleky" to a treatable/preventable demise as I am quite attached to this reptile-like fish.
Any information on possibly treating him and what kind of medications would be reccommened for him would be great.

Thanks!
ThalesthePearsei is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-05-2011, 01:07 AM   #2
 
1077's Avatar
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by ThalesthePearsei View Post
I have a 8-9 inch common pleco in my 125 gallon tank. He is kept with cichlids. I do regular weekly 25% water changes. I have a Otto Canister filter and a big rio pump. I feed regular flakes, African Cichlid Attack small sinking pellets, and large Hikari Cichlid pellets for the big eaters in the tank. Also cucumber and romaine lettuce a couple times a week.
For a few months now the pleco has developed a new behavior where he floats at the surface belly up. I have tried to research this behavior and I get two possible scenarios: its either "normal behavior" or an illness.
It has progressed to the point where he rarely leaves the surface now. When he does do down to the bottom, he usually has to wedge himself under a rock or piece of driftwood to stay down.
Please, any information or advice you can offer me is greatly appreciated. I don't want to lose "Pleky" to a treatable/preventable demise as I am quite attached to this reptile-like fish.
Any information on possibly treating him and what kind of medications would be reccommened for him would be great.

Thanks!
Could be the Pleco uses rock or wood to hide from large aggressive fish and posistion's itself near the surface to avoid unwanted attention by same .
Does the fish happen to posistion itself near the return from the filter? If so this could be indication that oxygen level's are low near the botom, and fish is hanging out at surface where oxygen levels are higher. More filtration and or large sponge filter or air stone may bring relief. What may have been suitable filtration months ago, may not be sufficient now as fishes continue to grow,eat more,and produce more waste.
Same for volume of water being changed each week.
I might consider the above before I began medicating for unknown.
Parameter's for ammonia,nitrites and nitrAtre's were not posted, but they should be Zero for ammonia and nitrites,and nitrAtes should be no higher than 20 ppm .
1077 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-05-2011, 08:34 AM   #3
 
ElectricBlueJackDempsey's Avatar
 
My common pleco does the same thing. Whenever I start feeding, he does it and I will drop some food into his mouth. I think it just means he wants food. I have seen Synodontis catfishes do this too.
ElectricBlueJackDempsey is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-05-2011, 09:16 AM   #4
 
DKRST's Avatar
 
I had a pleco that would come up whenever I fed the other fish, swimming upside down the entire time to "skim" the food off, then return to the bottom and act normally.
DKRST is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Bah.. Another Issue. Brandmaner Beginner Freshwater Aquarium 5 09-25-2010 05:54 AM
Ick Issue Take 2 Angel079 Tropical Fish Diseases 30 11-29-2009 10:36 AM
I have a pleco that is floating at the top. Attaching to side of bucket ShawnMcc Tropical Fish Diseases 8 08-09-2009 04:13 AM
Serious Issue!!! shavon Off Topic Discussions 14 03-18-2007 09:37 PM


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search



All times are GMT -5. The time now is 02:57 AM.