new clown pleco
Today while browsing at my LFS I bought a clown pleco on somewhat of an impulse. The LFS had taken him in to re-home. He is about 2 inches long, perhaps a bit less.
I put him in my 10 gallon which I am considering upgrading to a 20 gallon long in the future.
Currently I have 2 platys, one Endler and 8 mosquito Rasbora in the 10 gallon and now the clown pleco. I'm afraid I am probably overstocked now.
I blanched some spinach for him and broke up an algae wafer and dropped it in too. There is definitely some algae on the glass for him to munch too. There are 3 small pieces of driftwood in the tank, one of which he has claimed as his territory and is hiding under.
I have a bristlenose pleco in a different tank, so I have some experience, but any advice would be appreciated.
Last night I purchased a 20 gallon long, so the clown pleco will be getting a larger home in a few days. He seems to have adjusted well since bringing him home. Mostly he hangs upside down from a piece of driftwood, but at night I've noticed him roaming about and I seem to have less algae on the glass. He seemed to not touch the blanched zucchini I put in. I've also dropped in some bits of algae wafer.
He may just take a while to get used to the tank. I have a clown pleco and he really goes at the wafers and zucchini. I'll see him fighting off fish (i don't think he hurts them lol) to "guard" it. The trick for the zucchini I've found is to slice it not too thick, and I put one slice in a coffee mug with some water and nuke it in the microwave for 1 min. Then I run cool water over it until it's cool enough to touch. Then just put it on the clip. As for eating algae, my understanding is that it's probably not the best pleco to clean the glass of algae, but I'll let the experts respond to that one. Still a very stylish fish and very fun to look at.
I'll bring up a question. I plan on getting a longer tank than my current one. Would I be able to hold both a clown and a bristlenose pleco in the same tank?
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