Question on clown plecos - Tropical Fish Keeping - Aquarium fish care and resources
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 6 Old 12-30-2009, 10:10 PM Thread Starter
Member
 
dr2b's Avatar
 
Question on clown plecos

I heard Clown Plecos are wood-eaters and they must be in tanks with driftwood. Are there any types of driftwood in particular that they like more than others?


Dijon: Blue mustard gas hmdt plakat male
Little Girl (LG): Blue crowntail female
No name yet: Purple/pink/white delta tail male
No name yet: Red and silver halfmoon male

RIP Storm, Flair, Marina, Flash, and Sterling... I miss you guys so much :(
dr2b is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 6 Old 12-31-2009, 02:47 PM
Member
 
bettababy's Avatar
 
Clown plecos tend to be primarily omnivore, not wood eaters. A piece of standard aquarium drift wood found in a pet store won't hurt, as they enjoy using the wood for hiding/shelter. They are awesome and beautiful fish, but they need foods like shrimp pellets, algae wafers, and the occasional slice of zucchini squash should supplement their diet along with any algae they may find to eat in the tank.

Are you sure your pleco is a clown?

Dawn Moneyhan
Aquatics Specialist/Nutritionist
Juneau, WI
bettababy is offline  
post #3 of 6 Old 12-31-2009, 02:56 PM
Member
 
I would certainly add driftwood (anything clean from your LFS) for a clown pleco. Mine "chews" driftwood all the time. They love grazing on driftwood more than anything else on the tank and mine also uses it as a source of shelter.
NC Frank is offline  
post #4 of 6 Old 12-31-2009, 11:21 PM Thread Starter
Member
 
dr2b's Avatar
 
It is a clown pleco... that I know. Is there any driftwood in particular though that they like more than others? I read that some driftwoods are too hard for them. See, the LFS said only certain veggies, algae, and algae wafers. I read about the driftwoood online.


Dijon: Blue mustard gas hmdt plakat male
Little Girl (LG): Blue crowntail female
No name yet: Purple/pink/white delta tail male
No name yet: Red and silver halfmoon male

RIP Storm, Flair, Marina, Flash, and Sterling... I miss you guys so much :(
dr2b is offline  
post #5 of 6 Old 01-01-2010, 02:48 AM
Member
 
bettababy's Avatar
 
Its hard to offer a specific name of driftwood that is good for them because many of the pieces sold in pet stores are not labeled by wood species name. You will have to use your best judgment and handle the wood before choosing. Its pretty easy to tell if you have a soft wood or hard wood just by weight. Harder woods are more dense, thus they are heavier.
1 to stay away from is Wellaby. Also, if adding wood, be sure to watch your pH, Gh, and Kh in the tank water. Some woods have more tannins in them than others, which will soften water as those tannins are released. The longer it is submerged the more tannins build up in the water. If the water starts to go tea colored you know you have heavy tannins. Lots of water changes to keep the levels low so your water chemistry isn't swinging all over the place is the best way to control it if you don't wish to remove the wood. Wellaby wood is known for its heavy tannins and softening abilities.

Malaysian drift wood is a softer wood, but tends to have heavy tannin levels also.

Just be careful.

Dawn Moneyhan
Aquatics Specialist/Nutritionist
Juneau, WI
bettababy is offline  
post #6 of 6 Old 01-08-2010, 04:14 PM
Member
 
iamntbatman's Avatar
 
Just be sure to position the wood somewhere so that you can see the fish when he's latched on to it. Clown plecos are known for their tendency to hide all day so if you ever want to see the little guy, this is really a priority.

4 8 15 16 23 42
iamntbatman 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
Clown question AYE RUSS Saltwater Fish 3 10-26-2009 01:34 AM
Plecos Question MrWynO14 Catfish 7 06-14-2009 01:27 PM
Clown loach question AQUATINA Freshwater and Tropical Fish 5 12-30-2008 12:04 AM
Help with clown plecos Roku327 Catfish 4 10-15-2008 10:24 PM
clown question jason5170 Saltwater Fish 7 01-15-2007 04:07 PM

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