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spectralflux 03-31-2012 12:45 PM

need some advice on a rescuded pleco
 
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so yesterday after a long time nabore moved away he left 2 fish in his out door pond a large koi witch i re-homed to my best friends pond but he said he would not take the pleco that was in the pond as well so brought it home and put it in my 20 gallon tank for now it is probably 7 it is a sailfin pleco i believe and it is in a tank with my 10 platys attached is a pictures of it sorry not the best quality

as i have never really kept plecos my questions are as fallowed
1.) how much space dose it need tank wise
2.) why are my platys kinda of avoiding it
3.) is there any hiding places it will need
4.) should i feed it any thing extra


thank you in advance for your help

Philnominal 03-31-2012 04:02 PM

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Originally Posted by spectralflux (Post 1031028)
so yesterday after a long time nabore moved away he left 2 fish in his out door pond a large koi witch i re-homed to my best friends pond but he said he would not take the pleco that was in the pond as well so brought it home and put it in my 20 gallon tank for now it is probably 7 it is a sailfin pleco i believe and it is in a tank with my 10 platys attached is a pictures of it sorry not the best quality

as i have never really kept plecos my questions are as fallowed
1.) how much space dose it need tank wise
2.) why are my platys kinda of avoiding it
3.) is there any hiding places it will need
4.) should i feed it any thing extra


thank you in advance for your help

It looks to be a common to me but I am not good with plecos. Either species needs a much larger tank as they both get huge, (can reach 2 ft in a proper tank for both species). I have a small sailfin pleco that my mom brought home for my 75. Thing makes a mess (with how much waste it has) of the tank and it is only 3-4 inches long. I will eventually rehome it as it gets to big for my tank. The eat algae and basically anything else it can scrounge from to bottom. Things like blanched zuchini and cucumber are appreciated as well. They tend to enjoy sinking algae/bottom feeder wafers.

I would suggest rehoming it ASAP. at 7 inches it is much to large for your 20 gallon to handle it's waste alone. The take up more bioload then many fish twice their size.

lorax84 04-02-2012 05:27 PM

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Originally Posted by spectralflux (Post 1031028)

as i have never really kept plecos my questions are as fallowed
1.) how much space dose it need tank wise
I would suggest at least a 75g, a 90g would be ideal.
2.) why are my platys kinda of avoiding it
large plecos can be pretty aggressive, on top of that he has been living in a dark pond for a while an now he is in a very bright tank. My guess is he thrashes at them when they get close
3.) is there any hiding places it will need
Hiding places will help him feel more comfortable. You can use rocks or wood to create areas he can hide out in.
4.) should i feed it any thing extra
he will need his own food, if thats what you need. veggie wafers are a good staple but you may want to supplement with fresh veggies.

thank you in advance for your help


Oh, and the pleco you have is a Pterygoplichthys gibbiceps

jordyngirl03 04-12-2012 06:52 PM

Huge pleco
 
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Originally Posted by Philnominal (Post 1031241)
It looks to be a common to me but I am not good with plecos. Either species needs a much larger tank as they both get huge, (can reach 2 ft in a proper tank for both species). I have a small sailfin pleco that my mom brought home for my 75. Thing makes a mess (with how much waste it has) of the tank and it is only 3-4 inches long. I will eventually rehome it as it gets to big for my tank. The eat algae and basically anything else it can scrounge from to bottom. Things like blanched zuchini and cucumber are appreciated as well. They tend to enjoy sinking algae/bottom feeder wafers.

I would suggest rehoming it ASAP. at 7 inches it is much to large for your 20 gallon to handle it's waste alone. The take up more bioload then many fish twice their size.

HI PLEASE HELP ME...I HAVE A PLECO THAT IS HUGE..WHERE CAN I REHOME IT? tHIS GUY HAD A HARD LIFE ..I LIVE IN PA BOUGHT A 55 TANK AND STAND ON CRAIGSLIST FROM SOMEONE IN OHIO..tHE PIC MUST HAVE BEEN FROM YEARS BEFORE BECAUSE MY HUSBAND HAD TO DUMP THE TANK AT A PET STORE AND BUY A NEW ONE..BUT THE WORST THING WAS SHE GAVE ME A PLECO IN TUPPERWARE (HE WAS ABOUT 6IN AT THAT TIME AND LIVED LIKE THAT FOR QUITE AWHILE AS SHE SAID "I FEEL BAD I NEGLECTED HIM FOR SO LONG" WHERE CAN I REHOME HIM? HE NEEDS SOMETHING BIGGER..TY SOOO MUCH, DONNA

lorax84 04-12-2012 08:32 PM

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Originally Posted by jordyngirl03 (Post 1044818)
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HI PLEASE HELP ME...I HAVE A PLECO THAT IS HUGE..WHERE CAN I REHOME IT? tHIS GUY HAD A HARD LIFE ..I LIVE IN PA BOUGHT A 55 TANK AND STAND ON CRAIGSLIST FROM SOMEONE IN OHIO..tHE PIC MUST HAVE BEEN FROM YEARS BEFORE BECAUSE MY HUSBAND HAD TO DUMP THE TANK AT A PET STORE AND BUY A NEW ONE..BUT THE WORST THING WAS SHE GAVE ME A PLECO IN TUPPERWARE (HE WAS ABOUT 6IN AT THAT TIME AND LIVED LIKE THAT FOR QUITE AWHILE AS SHE SAID "I FEEL BAD I NEGLECTED HIM FOR SO LONG" WHERE CAN I REHOME HIM? HE NEEDS SOMETHING BIGGER..TY SOOO MUCH, DONNA


Unfortunately rehoming a large pleco is not easy. I would suggest putting up a craigslist ad looking for someone in your area, or sometimes independent local fish store may take him as long as you are not looking to get anything for him.

jordyngirl03 04-12-2012 09:21 PM

:-(
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Originally Posted by lorax84 (Post 1044923)
Unfortunately rehoming a large pleco is not easy. I would suggest putting up a craigslist ad looking for someone in your area, or sometimes independent local fish store may take him as long as you are not looking to get anything for him.

I don't trust Craigslist I have had him along time and I just want him happy..I know the only way to get fish is from a pet store but I have seen horrors of pet stores because of puppy mills etc..and omg no I want no money at all,,,but honest why are they so hard to rehome..TY so much..


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