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post #1 of 13 Old 06-13-2009, 12:20 AM Thread Starter
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Plecos... Release into lake??

So I have three enormous plecos in my 20 gallon tank. I want more fish, but they take too much room.
My mom suggested that I release them into the lake. Would they survive or not? We live in BC, and there is a HUGE LAKE which gets pretty cold... would they survive?

I have had my plecos for about 4 yrs, if the lake is not ideal, whaat else could I do with them?

Thanks for anyone with input :)
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post #2 of 13 Old 06-13-2009, 12:36 AM
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I don't think they would survive. Rehome them at a local tropical fish store. I don't know if you have any thing like craigslist in BC but rehomeing them even if you do it for free would be better then releasing them in the Lake.
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post #3 of 13 Old 06-13-2009, 01:32 AM
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1) It would probably be considered illegal because plecos are hardy and should they establish, they can become invasive like in Florida.

2) As for will they survive, large plecos generally aren't too picky about water conditions or temperature, but anything much lower than 60-65 for prolonged periods would screw them over. What area of the country do you live in?
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post #4 of 13 Old 06-13-2009, 09:43 AM Thread Starter
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I live in BC, Canada
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post #5 of 13 Old 06-13-2009, 09:57 AM
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1) It would probably be considered illegal because plecos are hardy and should they establish, they can become invasive like in Florida.

2) As for will they survive, large plecos generally aren't too picky about water conditions or temperature, but anything much lower than 60-65 for prolonged periods would screw them over. What area of the country do you live in?
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Releasing foreign fish in lakes caused lots of problems in the past, if the plecos survive and reproduce they can wipe out part of the lake's population in no time by competing for food. When a species is introduced into a new habitat it lacks natural controls on its population; predators, and competitors are absent and prey don't know how to avoid them. Without these natural controls, populations of introduced species often explode.
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post #6 of 13 Old 06-13-2009, 09:59 AM
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would it be possible to donate them to a zoo ?
i don't think you should release them into the wild,
are they native to where you are from.......you could get into a heap of trouble.
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post #7 of 13 Old 06-13-2009, 10:46 AM
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Yah releasing them in a lake is a bad idea. What I think you should do is:

a) return them to the store or a different store
b) give away on craigslist, ebay, locally, etc.
c) buy a bigger tank

or what I would do:
d) build a small pond in you back yard just on of those small tubs like this but flat probably.

This would allow you to still enjoy your pets, you could add more fish to that and your 20g, it would improve you backyard scenery, give you a fun project, all without breaking the local laws.


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post #8 of 13 Old 06-13-2009, 11:42 AM
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As a resident of Vancouver, BC I can tell you it is illegal to release any domestic fish into waterways in this province. Period.

Regardless of the above, it is cruel. No tropical species will survive the winter outdoors in any part of BC and that includes a backyard pond as someone suggested, unless you heat it and cover it. Wild animals will go after any fish in outdoor poinds, I know from experience with goldfish in mine.

Most reputable aquarium stores will take fish (even if for nothing, just to help you out). If this doesn't work out, it would be better if you killed them outright.

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post #9 of 13 Old 06-13-2009, 04:38 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks for those who answered my question :)
So, putting the plecos in the lake is a definite no go...

I can't build a pond in my yard, cause its my parents...
And, I can't buy a bigger tank, cause I need money for a horse...

I will have to go ask my fish stores if they'll take my plecos...
I would NEVER kill them.. they are my buds :P

Thanks again everyone, I will see how it goes..
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post #10 of 13 Old 06-14-2009, 07:00 AM
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Releasing any pet in the wild, regardless of the circumstances, is not acceptable. There are plenty of reasons why not. Legality, possible threat as invasive species and environmental conditions are a few things to bear in mind.

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