pleco? - Tropical Fish Keeping - Aquarium fish care and resources
 1Likes
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 17 Old 05-01-2013, 08:22 AM Thread Starter
pleco?

I hope the pic I attached shows. What tipe of pleco is this?. And why would it be snacking on my moms huge gold fish?
Attached Images
File Type: jpg IMG-20130501-01488.jpg (48.9 KB, 37 views)

{,}
Miss Tropical is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 17 Old 05-01-2013, 09:01 AM
Member
 
fish monger's Avatar
 
Looks like a Common Plecostomus to me. I've never heard of them doing this but, they are probably eating the slime coating from the goldfish. If so, it is very harmful to the goldfish. Chinese Algae Eaters do this but, as I said, I've never heard of plecos doing it.

Fishmonger
fish monger is offline  
post #3 of 17 Old 05-01-2013, 10:15 AM Thread Starter
Thanx I have removed them.
Posted via Mobile Device
Miss Tropical is offline  
post #4 of 17 Old 05-01-2013, 11:11 AM
Member
 
Common plecos require a fairly large aquarium and heavy filtration - unless you have something 75 gallons or better (I would go so far as to say 125 + -- so a tank 4-6 feet in length at minimum), I would be looking for a new home for them. However, a better photo and information as to their current size would be helpful in being certain that is what they are.
ZivaD is offline  
post #5 of 17 Old 05-06-2013, 08:58 AM
Member
 
jaysee's Avatar
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by fish monger View Post
Looks like a Common Plecostomus to me. I've never heard of them doing this but, they are probably eating the slime coating from the goldfish. If so, it is very harmful to the goldfish. Chinese Algae Eaters do this but, as I said, I've never heard of plecos doing it.
Yes, that is exactly right. It's not very common, but you do hear about plecos doing it occasionally. It's a rare occurrence, nonetheless. However, that doesn't stop people from shouting that you can't keep plecos with goldfish. That's like telling people not to swim because you might drown.

ive read that plecos can do this if they have a poor diet. Supposedly, once this behavior starts it will always be.


Sent from Petguide.com App
fish monger likes this.

125 - BGK, chanchito cichlid, pictus cats, silver dollars, palmas bichir
125 - cichlids (severums, bolivian rams, chocolate), rainbows ( turquoise, red), loaches (angelicus, zebra, kuhli and horseface), plecos (BN, RL and clown), denison barbs, tiretrack eel, pearl gouramis, betta
90 - Congo tetras, african knife, upside down cats, spotted ctenopoma, kribensis, delhezzi bichir
2.5 - betta
jaysee is offline  
post #6 of 17 Old 05-06-2013, 09:47 AM
Ya, their have been reports of plecos doing that to goldfish because of them being hungry. The goldfish have some algae on their slime coat which is the reason why they do it. They aren't fatal for your goldfish, so its alright if you put them together. But remember, if they do that, feed them!

15g-community
5g-betta
5g-plant nursery
1g-plant nursery
2g-goldfish tank
29gallonx2-community
1g-snail nursery
Kuddos 2 U is offline  
post #7 of 17 Old 05-06-2013, 10:22 AM
Member
 
jaysee's Avatar
 
I don't know about algae growing on the goldfish, but I think it will ultimately be fatal for the goldfish, either directly or indirectly. Separating the fish is the best course of action.


Sent from Petguide.com App

125 - BGK, chanchito cichlid, pictus cats, silver dollars, palmas bichir
125 - cichlids (severums, bolivian rams, chocolate), rainbows ( turquoise, red), loaches (angelicus, zebra, kuhli and horseface), plecos (BN, RL and clown), denison barbs, tiretrack eel, pearl gouramis, betta
90 - Congo tetras, african knife, upside down cats, spotted ctenopoma, kribensis, delhezzi bichir
2.5 - betta
jaysee is offline  
post #8 of 17 Old 05-06-2013, 01:55 PM
I know that algae won't grow on fish, but the pleco will most likely do that to a goldfish because of the algae that sticks to its slime coat.

15g-community
5g-betta
5g-plant nursery
1g-plant nursery
2g-goldfish tank
29gallonx2-community
1g-snail nursery
Kuddos 2 U is offline  
post #9 of 17 Old 05-06-2013, 06:28 PM
Member
 
jaysee's Avatar
 
I have read that they do it for the protein. Though its all speculation, I think. I don't know of what slime coat is comprised.


Sent from Petguide.com App

125 - BGK, chanchito cichlid, pictus cats, silver dollars, palmas bichir
125 - cichlids (severums, bolivian rams, chocolate), rainbows ( turquoise, red), loaches (angelicus, zebra, kuhli and horseface), plecos (BN, RL and clown), denison barbs, tiretrack eel, pearl gouramis, betta
90 - Congo tetras, african knife, upside down cats, spotted ctenopoma, kribensis, delhezzi bichir
2.5 - betta
jaysee is offline  
post #10 of 17 Old 05-08-2013, 02:09 AM Thread Starter
Thanks for all the replies. At the end it was fatal the two goldfish died later that day after I took the plecoes out. I don't know if the plecoes was the cause or if it was their age or maybe both. The goldfish were about ten years old.
Posted via Mobile Device
Miss Tropical is offline  
Reply

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page



Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Spotted Salfin Pleco (Leopard Pleco) with plants broujos Beginner Freshwater Aquarium 6 08-02-2011 04:49 PM
Convicts + Pleco = Pleco died - question PaperclipGirl Cichlids 3 06-27-2011 12:32 PM
Found my Rubber-lip pleco pleco dead today :( yodapoolman Tropical Fish Diseases 3 05-14-2011 07:13 AM
Clown Pleco not acting like a clown pleco? CowgirlFishKeeper Catfish 3 05-13-2011 12:32 AM
rubber pleco and bristlenose pleco question drpound2 Catfish 1 04-28-2011 04:02 AM

Posting Rules  
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome