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post #1 of 11 Old 01-08-2010, 01:09 PM Thread Starter
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new ginormous pleco

soooo I was in my LFS yesterday, and i was picking out which common pleco I wanted for my 110g. what can i say, i love big catfish lol so the sales man (who is a really nice guy, and super knowledgeable to boot, best LFS for 200 miles) tells me he has a pleco he wants me to put in my 110g, but before he shows him to me, he offered 30 bucks out the door.

how can i resist not pushing the big red button which must never be pressed under any circumstances?

soooo I check the fish out, and wind up bringing home an AWESOME 9ish" royal pleco :D im not 100% sure if its L190, which seems to be more popular, but the juvie royals he had were supposedly the same, and they had the white first half of the tail fin, strikingly similar to some of the L027s. frankly, im not sure I really care which is which, I just want to make sure he gets the best care he can get.

my 110g is kept around 80-82 degrees F, which I turned down just a tiny bit to hover right around 80. tank mates are 6 rosy barbs, a jack dempsey (who doesnt bother him) and two blue gouramis. he has a GIANT piece of driftwood to eat / hide behind, and a smaller piece to nibble on with a java fern growing on it, and i feed the tank crisps which my old pleco grazed, and now im feeding a couple algae wafers a day (which someone, not sure who, is eating). filtration is two of the big ole tetra doubles, and an eheim ecco canister. going to double up on water changes to help avoid the inevitable bioload boom from the big fish poo.

am i missing anything? this guy is a gem, dont want to lose him to a stupid mistake :)

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post #2 of 11 Old 01-08-2010, 02:44 PM
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Looking forward to the pics!

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post #3 of 11 Old 01-10-2010, 08:34 PM Thread Starter
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here you go!
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post #5 of 11 Old 01-10-2010, 08:43 PM
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How big will he eventually get? He's a great looking fish!

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post #6 of 11 Old 01-10-2010, 08:59 PM Thread Starter
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depending on exact L number, 12-15 inches :) good thing hes a loafer, still might have to go to a 6ft tank LOL

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post #7 of 11 Old 01-10-2010, 11:21 PM
I LOVE it. He's pretty.

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soooo I was in my LFS yesterday, and i was picking out which common pleco I wanted for my 110g. what can i say, i love big catfish lol so the sales man (who is a really nice guy, and super knowledgeable to boot, best LFS for 200 miles) tells me he has a pleco he wants me to put in my 110g, but before he shows him to me, he offered 30 bucks out the door.

how can i resist not pushing the big red button which must never be pressed under any circumstances?

soooo I check the fish out, and wind up bringing home an AWESOME 9ish" royal pleco :D im not 100% sure if its L190, which seems to be more popular, but the juvie royals he had were supposedly the same, and they had the white first half of the tail fin, strikingly similar to some of the L027s. frankly, im not sure I really care which is which, I just want to make sure he gets the best care he can get.

my 110g is kept around 80-82 degrees F, which I turned down just a tiny bit to hover right around 80. tank mates are 6 rosy barbs, a jack dempsey (who doesnt bother him) and two blue gouramis. he has a GIANT piece of driftwood to eat / hide behind, and a smaller piece to nibble on with a java fern growing on it, and i feed the tank crisps which my old pleco grazed, and now im feeding a couple algae wafers a day (which someone, not sure who, is eating). filtration is two of the big ole tetra doubles, and an eheim ecco canister. going to double up on water changes to help avoid the inevitable bioload boom from the big fish poo.

am i missing anything? this guy is a gem, dont want to lose him to a stupid mistake :)

pics to follow!

I might also offer some zuchinni,and perhaps some lettuce attached to veggie clip or a rock. Would try and offer this after lights off for the day. I say this becaues many plecos are much more active at night and also because other fish may find alage wafers and crisps before pleco can find them.
Do keep an eye on the Dempsey .If he begins to intimidate the pleco to the point where the pleco is fearful of coming out to eat, then the pleco can starve. Sounds like you have a good set up for the royal pleco. In fact,, my favorite local fish store has one I am considering. I have researched their needs and occasional, (not too much) meaty foods are taken by this pleco and I feel that the foods offered to the dempsey would fill that requirement if as stated,, the Dempsey does not become too intolerant. The larger tank you have should give both plenty of room. I would perhaps place wood and rocks at both ends of the tank so that the pleco and dempsey don't need to intrude on each other.

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Oh wow, he's gorgeous! Amazing how big Plecos can get.

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Very impressive looking fish! Congratulations

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