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NoaDon12 05-10-2010 06:16 PM

New Pleco; Any Advice?
i went to the store and got a new pleco on sunday, and i would like some advice on how to keep him happy and alive. he's only an inch long, and i'm planning on getting a bigger tank later on. and i have alot of algae on the back of my tank, which is part of the reason i purchased him, do i still need to feed him? thnx!!!!!!
-NoaDon12- ;-)

JohnnyD44 05-11-2010 05:29 AM

what kind of pleco is this? and what size tank do you have?

Romad 05-11-2010 06:25 AM

for additional food, it depends on whether you put any other food in the tank (if you have a community tank). mine used to eat the micro pellets that the other fish missed and a few times a week i threw in an algae wafer bc i didn't have enough algae to sustain him.

i got my pleco when he was a little thing too. within a year he was about 5 inches long and pooped so much i couldn't keep the nitrates down in the tank. when they get larger, the poop looks like long ropes of sausage. it would break off and wrap around all my plants. just so you know what to expect.

they are very cool fish

1077 05-11-2010 09:25 AM

I might google info on Otocinclus and see if thts the fish you have.

aunt kymmie 05-11-2010 10:11 AM

I'm curious to know exactly what species too.

redchigh 05-11-2010 11:13 AM

I think we're all praying it's a bristlenose.....

I think the other plecos should probably not even be sold... but thats just my opinion.

aunt kymmie 05-11-2010 12:39 PM


Originally Posted by redchigh (Post 381715)
I think we're all praying it's a bristlenose.....

I was thinking BN too, since when I got mine it was a teeny tiny one incher. I think it's common to see lots of them that size at the LFS.

JohnnyD44 05-12-2010 05:29 AM

yeah, I'm hoping it's BN too....

NoaDan?? any word on the pleco???

NoaDon12 05-12-2010 04:40 PM

i have a 15 gallon tank, i'm going to get a larger tank this summer, like a 40 or 45 gallon. and i'm going to switch to real plants next month. but yeah, sorry i haven't been getting back to you guys, i've been very buzzy! so far, he is doing GREAT!

JohnnyD44 05-12-2010 07:41 PM


what kind of pleco did you buy?? many plecos can grow up to 6" long, and some can grow twice as large....

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