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stephenmontero 04-12-2008 04:40 PM

Just got a pleco any tips?
hi i just got back from my lfs adding a pleco to my 40 gallon aquarium cause i have a a little algae just wondering if anyone with plecos has any guiding words to a first time owner


TheBoss 04-12-2008 05:43 PM

You couldn't get an easier fish to take care of. They will eat flakes so no need to buy special algae wafers or other foods, even though they are a tasty treat. Mine also loves shrimp pellets. They do poop alot, and grow very rapidly.

herefishy 04-12-2008 06:04 PM

What kind of plecostomus? Dwarf? Common?

stephenmontero 04-12-2008 06:20 PM

just a common one

okiemavis 04-12-2008 06:33 PM

Uh oh...common plecos get BIG. Like two feet long big. Plus, they stop eating your algae when they get older. I'd recommend exchanging him for a bristle nose pleco, unless you plan on a major tank upgrade soon :)

stephenmontero 04-14-2008 11:31 AM

yea it is a a bristle nose albino so idk they say about 7 in

jeaninel 04-14-2008 01:43 PM

Do you have any driftwood in your tank? They need wood in their diet.

stephenmontero 04-14-2008 03:15 PM

yes i do have a have 2 things of drift food for him

okiemavis 04-14-2008 05:00 PM

Albinos grow smaller than the standard ones- I wouldn't expect him to grow more than 4 inches, so you're all set there.

stephenmontero 04-14-2008 05:01 PM

yea i deff dont want anything to big

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