How to catch a plec.
Hey folks, I've just about got my new tank cycled and ready for stocking, and it's first inhabitant is going to be my plec from my smaller tank. But what's the best way to catch the dude? I've heard that they get horribly tangled in nets, and when my GF tried to catch her's by hand she got a nasty cut on her thumb (not sure how that happened, but i ain't gonna try it...) Also the tank is a bit cluttered to be chasing him around with a plastic tub big enough for him to fit in, (he's about 5".) So, How to do it? He should be happy in his new home, but i really don't want to stress him out loads, or to rip any spines off him before he gets there... any suggestions appreciated.
well start out not putting in a plec
theres nothing for it to eat and youll have to feed it
get a whale shark instead
I'm a little confused there Enzo, do you mean don't put the plec in at all, or don't out him in first as there won't be any algae for him to eat? I was intending to feed him anyway, i was under the impression that just the algae in a tank wasn't enough for plecs and to supplement it with wafers - my plec certainly loves them!
put it in after a while....
Tricky question. I just had to catch the plec with a net and untangle its spines carefully without damages at all as the plecs I deal with are 5 inches and smaller anyway so it's easier than larger plecs that will keep struggling to free themselves from the net. To avoid being hit by its spines, place the plec on your palm(flat) and no fingers should be astray or risk being cut by its spines. Hold its tail with your other hand firmly(not too firm). The same thing can be done with the doradids/talking catfish.
Feed the plecs with veggies, not just wafers and algae. What species of plec is that? There are plecs that relish on meaty foods more than veggies. Ancistrus will prefer the veggies.
5" :shock: Try catch 18"
Firsty empty the tank so there's just enough water for him to swim in. Get a old t-shirt, cut it in half. There's your big net. Lay bit over him, and hold on for life.
Dear me! What a beauty.:checkedout: I'll try it on a 14 inches common plec owned by my friend anytime if he agrees I'll get his plec instead of him keeping it.:roll: I always wanted large plecs but my dear ol' friends won't allow me to get them.:lol: :oops:
You're running down on the poor dear ol' 5 inches, Daz.:tongue: Shame on you for being so in love with monsters.:P
I always just use nets, never had a problem with plecos getting stuck.
The plec will be fine without algae growing as long as you feed him. Plecs should never be left to eat only algae anyway. As they get bigger they stop eating algae anyway. Supplement it with wafers and fresh veg. And if I remember from your other posts you're moving him into a bigger home so it's a good thing to move him, as long as the tank isd cycled which, as you say, it is.
As for catching him, what size is he? If he's still small, try just a wee cup which will be less clumcy than a bit container, or take all the "clutter" out the tank. It's a hassle but may reduce the stress on him. I'm not a great fan of nets. Often it seems to work out alright but there's always the chance he will get caught.
why it even works with other fish
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