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post #1 of 12 Old 05-08-2007, 04:18 PM Thread Starter
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Plecostomus tank compatability

I was wondering if a plecostomus will be compatable with my 36 gallon tank. According to petco web site it needs a 10+ gallon tank. But then at the same time it says the adult size is 24 inches. So I am now very confused. I don't think 24 inch fish will fit in a 10+ gallon tank.
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post #2 of 12 Old 05-08-2007, 05:01 PM
I do not mean to be laughing here but "what does PetCo know"?

What we refer to as Pleco's come in "all shapes, sizes and colors".

You might considering reviewing the thumbnails at
http://www.planetcatfish.com/catelog...de=l&thumbs=16.

Please post with additional questions.

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After a review of the Cat-E-Log at this site you will know that all PetCo knows is L021/L023 (the Common Pleco).
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post #3 of 12 Old 05-08-2007, 07:41 PM Thread Starter
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The species name is Loricariidae. One more question is this a good first fish. Or should I just go with the tetras first.
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post #4 of 12 Old 05-08-2007, 08:17 PM
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well Plecos are pretty hardy fish, they are good to start with. Check your pH first because Plecos are very sensitive when it comes to pH levels, you have to hit 6.0-7.0 or they aren't going to make it. The common Pleco grows about 2 feet yes, but they vary from as little as 2 inches full grown to 2 feet, so find a specific type first.
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well Plecos are pretty hardy fish, they are good to start with.
Depends on what species you are talking about.
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Check your pH first because Plecos are very sensitive when it comes to pH levels, you have to hit 6.0-7.0 or they aren't going to make it.
Most captive-bred plecs can tolerate various water conditions.

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The species name is Loricariidae. One more question is this a good first fish. Or should I just go with the tetras first.
I like the smaller plecos (Bristle Nose, ...). The common plecos and the larger fish get huge for most tanks and they are prolific waste sources on ammonia levels and the larger ones in sizable groups could require quite a bit of gravel vacuuming. Though most plecos do tend to be "bullet proof" compared to other fish for tolerances. Be aware, the larger plecos do tend to get "lazy" as they get older and are less likely to eat the algae off the sides.

As for tetras, be careful. Some are less tolerant than others. The cardinal tetra for example is the canary of the fish world. I saw a tank lose 40+ overnight with no explanation (ammonia and nitrites didn't noticably spike, ...).

A good first fish IMHO is the cherry barb, they are very hardy, will eat algae, are pretty playful and are pretty. Plus, they are super easy to sex, males are bright red, females are beige. I've not had my cherry barbs attack anyone.
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Be aware, the larger plecos do tend to get "lazy" as they get older and are less likely to eat the algae off the sides.
i totally agree with that! i have a large plec and he is bone idle! i have had to have more algae eaters, hes that lazy!
there r several plecos available, like clown pleco or bulldog pleco, the stay small
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post #8 of 12 Old 07-11-2007, 05:31 PM
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I was wondering if a plecostomus will be compatable with my 36 gallon tank. According to petco web site it needs a 10+ gallon tank. But then at the same time it says the adult size is 24 inches. So I am now very confused. I don't think 24 inch fish will fit in a 10+ gallon tank.
Either they meant what size tank it needs as a juvinile or they didn't know what they were talking about. You're talking about just a standard pleco right? If so, then in my opinion, I would think the bare minimum for a pleco is a 90+ gallon.

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post #9 of 12 Old 08-05-2007, 04:28 AM
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Try a few Bristlenoses mate. They're quite tolerant of water conditions, peaceful, eat algae like there's no tomorrow & breed easily.

See here: http://www.planetcatfish.com/catelog...?species_id=49

Ron: petco knows that eggs won't bounce on concrete. Other than that....
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