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amber2218 06-01-2007 02:42 PM

coldwater sucker fish....
hiya once again.. Id really love a nice "sucker fish" such as a plecostomus. can these live in coldwater tanks?.. We have a juwel rio 180 tank atm and i know they can grow large so I was wondering if there are any smaller species suitable for coldwater tanks that i could find in my LFS? I was very recently at a shop with a large plec in coldwater but the same fish in tropical conditions so it got me confused and thought id get some advice from here. xx thanks xx

Falina 06-01-2007 04:02 PM

Plecs will survive in cold water for a period of time but for longtime health they need warmer water I'm afraid.

For a coldwater bttom dweller, have you considered a weather loach? I quite like these fish and if your tank is 180 litres, then you'd have room for him/her.

amber2218 06-01-2007 04:31 PM

my brother in law had one of these but it somehow got out of the tank (the tank had a lid etc) and died?! Would it be ok in ours? we have the juwel set up with lid etc xx

Falina 06-01-2007 04:33 PM

I would think it would be alright if the lid is secure. Seems like a freak occurance if there was a tight lid on your brother in law's tank.

Lupin 06-01-2007 08:40 PM

Definitely a weather loach.;)

amber2218 06-02-2007 07:31 AM

ok ill look into that.. any others I can look out for?

amber2218 06-02-2007 08:05 AM

p.s just took a temp reading of the tank and its sitting at around 80.F at the minute

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