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post #1 of 6 Old 03-30-2009, 02:08 AM Thread Starter
Pleco, not eating?

I just got a pleco from someone who has highly neglected it. He was in a tank with sitting water, no filtration, no heater. I figured he'd be better in one of my tanks until i could rehome him. I bought him some algae tabs the first night i got him. I've put in three (at different times) tabs now and he hasnt touched them. I've even turned off the light in hopes he would eat. The package says two hours, what would happen if i left it in over night? I'm afraid he will starve to death. Is there anything else i can try? Is he just in shock from being back in good water? Any signs to look for as far as finding out what his deal is?
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post #2 of 6 Old 03-30-2009, 06:25 AM
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Leaving food for pleco overnight would be OK. I would remove what wasn't eaten the next morning. Uneaten food on bottom of tank =Ammonia= dead fish. Many plecos will eat just about anything while some,, have specialized diets. Check out to determine what particular pleco you have and what is required for proper care. Water changes,water changes,along with not overfeeding=healthyfish.

The most important medication in your fish medicine cabinet is.. Clean water.
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post #3 of 6 Old 03-30-2009, 10:48 AM
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You may want to try some blanched zucchini.
One of my plecos throws a tantrum if I do not hang up a piece of zucchini for him to eat at night.
He will shake back and forth and up and down the glass, until I feel guilty and give in, its kind of cute.
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post #4 of 6 Old 03-31-2009, 01:21 AM Thread Starter
Thanks. Will leaving the algae tab overnight add ammonia or does it have to be longer than that?
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post #5 of 6 Old 03-31-2009, 07:15 AM
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If your tank is cycled, it will be fine.
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post #6 of 6 Old 04-09-2009, 05:01 AM
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dont add ammonia...
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