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diablo13 10-16-2011 07:39 AM

Plecos and Driftwood?
Hello All, I just got a new BN Pleco. I know they need driftwood for digestion and I have a decent sized peice in his permanent tank, and I have a small slice in his QT. I don't think he's rasping on it, so how long can he go without driftwood? Would he be fine for a week?

chevysoldier 10-16-2011 09:43 AM

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chevysoldier 10-16-2011 09:45 AM

My BN Pleco is rarely on my driftwood, at least when I see him. He's doing fine and healthy so I wouldn't be too concerned.
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DKRST 10-16-2011 10:53 AM

My suspicion is that the smaller the pleco, the greater the need to access to wood. Having said that, I think your pleco would be fine for a week, but I always try to keep at least a little piece in the tanks with my BNs. Some of my 11 BNs stay on wood almost constantly (I have Mopani and Malasian driftwood in my tanks) and I rarely see others ever on the wood. If you have multiple plecos, you'll want to spread the wood around the tank since they may set up territories.

If the wood is in a dim or shaded part of the tank, they will hang out on it more during times you can see them. Remember they are active at night so they could be rasping then.

diablo13 10-16-2011 02:14 PM

Ok, he's( assuming it's a he) just slightly below 2 inches long, so he's a little thing. He's eventually going Into a 29 gallon community, it has a nice(8") piece of Mopani Wood. Is it odd if he's clinging onto the Airstone in his QT? He's moving around it, but he's like obbsessed with it. And a couple more questions, sorry. I'm getting sand next weekend, so instead of removing all the gravel, could I just take out all the plants a my school of danios so the sand is completely covering the gravel?or could he still like burrow or something?
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DKRST 10-16-2011 03:00 PM

They won't "burrow" as such, although they can shift it around as they feed. Over time, quicker than you might think, the sand will work its way beneath the gravel since it's a smaller particle. Best way is to completely remove the gravel and replace with the sand. I don't like replacing with sand while fish are in the tank in case new sand's is not washed as well as I thought I washed it! I don't know if suspended fine sand particles would bother the fish in any way, so I just avoid the issue.

diablo13 10-16-2011 03:14 PM

Ok, so I'll just take it out. And out of curiosity, if he's 2 inches could you figure out about how old he is? I was thinking like maybe 6 months, is this a decent estimation?
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diablo13 10-16-2011 05:17 PM

Well, so I apparently can't get sand. I can get smoother gravel to top it off, though. I was thinking Caribsea Instant Aquarium Gravel, do you guys have any suggestions?
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Byron 10-16-2011 05:38 PM

I would not mix substrates of different sizes/materials. As another member noted, the smaller particle will go to the bottom leaving the larger on top, no matter what material. Law of gravity (or something:-)).

As long as the existing material is smooth and not sharp, the pleco should be OK. It is any sharp material that can scratch the soft underside of substrate fish that must be avoided.


diablo13 10-16-2011 07:28 PM

Even other gravel? I thought gravel would be fine on it. Shows to how much I know.
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