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sazzy 12-26-2006 07:16 AM

Do Large Plecs Eat Little Fish??
hi guys im just planning my tank for way in the future, :o
and was fancying on shoals of little fish?
but i will more than likely still have my very large plecs then, so i just wondered if they ate little fish?
i just couldnt imagine them being fast or agile enough to catch them?

any ideas??

Lauri 12-26-2006 09:09 AM

hmm from personaly experience i have only seen my large common pleco eat fish that have passed. Never ones that were swimming around. Hope it helps. :)

FunkWeasel 12-26-2006 12:18 PM

no, plecos do not eat little fish.

sazzy 12-26-2006 01:32 PM

thanks i thought not :D

Gump 12-26-2006 02:23 PM

Funk said it... They wont eat a live or fish that is able to move away from it. they will chow down on a dead or dieing fish. My plecos have trouble catcing a floating pellet so even if there mouths let them swallow small fish they could never catch it.

sazzy 12-26-2006 02:31 PM

my dad doent like plecs, he said as they get larger they start ripping scales off other fish
this is slightly more believable but they are so slow and bulky i just cant imagine it at all :?
so i can now start writing lists of little fish i fancy :D :D :D

FunkWeasel 12-26-2006 11:51 PM

maybe not intentionaly. Some plecos have some rather savage spines on them, but any injury from them would be minor at best. i have never had one of my plecos hurt or even open an eye at another fish.

They have injured me many times with their spikes, but thats because im a moron. The fish were not at fault.:wink:

fish_4_all 12-27-2006 12:09 AM

BN pleco on BN pleco, will inflict major damage if they are allowed to fight. I found this out be accident. As for other fish, I have a common that lives with a Skunk Botia Loach, and I mean lives with it. They share the same cave and actually the loach will sleep in top of the pleco or visa versa.

Have never seen any type of pleco attack a living fish, shrimp yes, not fish. My commons ate my ghost/glass shrimp when I got them before 1/2 of them hit the bottom. :shock:

bettababy 12-27-2006 02:33 AM

I think what he was referring to was that plecs will resort to feeding on fish if they are hungry. This often happens when someone adds a plec to a tank that doesn't provide enough natural food supply, and they don't supplement the plecs. I have seen it happen, unfortunately, and it's not pretty. They tend to "stick" to the side of a fish, whatever fish they can catch up to first, and yes, they will "stalk" another fish if they're really hungry. If the plec is well fed, there should be nothing to worry about with healthy fish in the tank, that is not their preferred diet. Dead fish, yes... very sick fish, sometimes.

crazie.eddie 12-27-2006 02:42 AM

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