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turtle10 02-18-2011 12:08 PM

Candy Striped/Tiger Pleco ???
Okay I have been hearing some conflicting information. What is the minimum tank size for a Candy Striped Pleco? Also known as Tiger Plecos, scientific name is Peckoltia vittata (L015). They reach about five inches and can be kept lone. I have one in a 20g high with one male betta, four guppies, five teeny Red Dwarf Rasboras, and a few snails. They have all been getting along perfectly. I was told this is okay, am I completely off the mark here lol? I really hope I haven't been hurting the pleco :(.

I have a 20g long I could move her into, if the height makes a difference.

Please help!

BTW I have two large pieces of aquarium driftwood in there. She hasn't moved from one of the pieces in about a week, is this normal?

SO worried, I feel like there is not much info out there for specific types of plecos.

lorax84 02-18-2011 02:05 PM

A 20 gal, long or high, is more than enough room for one L015, even with the other fish. Here is the Planet Catfish profile on L015 in case you wan to read up on them a little bit.

Peckoltia vittata • Loricariidae • Cat-eLog • PlanetCatfish

As far as your plec not moving for a week, I have 3 H.Contradens that I only see if I catch them out at night or if I tear apart their tank to do a deep cleaning. I have them in a 20 gallon and when they were smaller I never saw them. They are nocturnal fish in their natural habitat, most find a spot that is dark puring the day and stick to it. Also, make sure you are feeding some meaty foods, L015 is an omnivore that leans towards being carnivorous.

Byron 02-20-2011 12:33 PM

I concur with lorax84.

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