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Miss Tropical 05-01-2013 07:22 AM

pleco?
 
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I hope the pic I attached shows. What tipe of pleco is this?. And why would it be snacking on my moms huge gold fish?

fish monger 05-01-2013 08:01 AM

Looks like a Common Plecostomus to me. I've never heard of them doing this but, they are probably eating the slime coating from the goldfish. If so, it is very harmful to the goldfish. Chinese Algae Eaters do this but, as I said, I've never heard of plecos doing it.

Miss Tropical 05-01-2013 09:15 AM

Thanx I have removed them.
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ZivaD 05-01-2013 10:11 AM

Common plecos require a fairly large aquarium and heavy filtration - unless you have something 75 gallons or better (I would go so far as to say 125 + -- so a tank 4-6 feet in length at minimum), I would be looking for a new home for them. However, a better photo and information as to their current size would be helpful in being certain that is what they are.

jaysee 05-06-2013 07:58 AM

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Originally Posted by fish monger (Post 1933650)
Looks like a Common Plecostomus to me. I've never heard of them doing this but, they are probably eating the slime coating from the goldfish. If so, it is very harmful to the goldfish. Chinese Algae Eaters do this but, as I said, I've never heard of plecos doing it.

Yes, that is exactly right. It's not very common, but you do hear about plecos doing it occasionally. It's a rare occurrence, nonetheless. However, that doesn't stop people from shouting that you can't keep plecos with goldfish. That's like telling people not to swim because you might drown.

ive read that plecos can do this if they have a poor diet. Supposedly, once this behavior starts it will always be.


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Kuddos 2 U 05-06-2013 08:47 AM

Ya, their have been reports of plecos doing that to goldfish because of them being hungry. The goldfish have some algae on their slime coat which is the reason why they do it. They aren't fatal for your goldfish, so its alright if you put them together. But remember, if they do that, feed them!

jaysee 05-06-2013 09:22 AM

I don't know about algae growing on the goldfish, but I think it will ultimately be fatal for the goldfish, either directly or indirectly. Separating the fish is the best course of action.


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Kuddos 2 U 05-06-2013 12:55 PM

I know that algae won't grow on fish, but the pleco will most likely do that to a goldfish because of the algae that sticks to its slime coat.

jaysee 05-06-2013 05:28 PM

I have read that they do it for the protein. Though its all speculation, I think. I don't know of what slime coat is comprised.


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Miss Tropical 05-08-2013 01:09 AM

Thanks for all the replies. At the end it was fatal the two goldfish died later that day after I took the plecoes out. I don't know if the plecoes was the cause or if it was their age or maybe both. The goldfish were about ten years old.
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