09-02-2007, 01:32 PM
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Originally Posted by steverothery
for a start, a 55gallon isnt 2-3ft. Its 4-4.5 ft, as i have one. And i know many folks who've had them and they just sit at the bottom anyway when they are that large- lazy buggers. Also i even know a couple of mates with bloody 7ft long tanks must be at least 120gallons they hardly bother there ass moving.
55 gallon is a huge tank - and i doubt itll grow 2ft in there - probably 12-13 inches is more likely.
Whats your "recommendation" then for a common pleco? This isn't a strict science, you might think 70 gallons, some might say 60 - who's to say who is right? SUBJECTIVE.
1) The 2-3 ft tank i referred to was the ones i see them in at LFS' not the 55 gallon, read my post.
2) Imho ideally a tank should be at least 4 times the length of the fish and twice the width and height so for what i consider to be a 'common' pleco (Pterygoplichthys pardalis
) thats a 4x2x2 tank, or 120 gallons if my maths is correct. Your assumption it will only grow to 12-13 inches is probably correct but only because you are getting species mixed up.
3) If a fish doesn't grow to its full adult size due to the size of the tank, thats called stunting, a whole different issue.
4) All the above is my opinion only, but then thats the whole idea of a forum, an exchange of ideas/opinions, i offered mine as i would like to think i know a little about pleco keeping (i have kept over 14 different sp.) Before ddani purchased this fish he/she has asked the question which i think is great, shows forward planning and with over 500 different species of Loricariidae out there perhaps a different one may be more suitable.
just my 2 cents....