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post #1 of 3 Old 05-14-2019, 10:41 AM Thread Starter
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Clown Pleco - could use some advice

So before getting a clown pleco, I read a bunch of articles on it's care and needs and was like, "Great. I think this should be a good addition to my tank.
We're well established with some (plenty) algae to eat, we have driftwood, there's a ton of java fern floating about in there for extra cover, and the other tankmates are all peaceful false juliis.

We got him home and once introduced to the tank - well, he's hidden under a piece of wood somewhere I assume and I haven't seen him since.
I don't begrudge him that - I'm just not sure now how best to feed him, since I don't know where he is or when he'll come out. I can drop sinking wafters or blanched cucumber, but don't really want to just leave it all day and have it foul the water.

Also, despite spending a lot of time on various fish forums just reading, I didn't think to consult a forum before hand for advice.
I have since read some forum threads about how their clown pleco was aggressive towards other fish and killed other fish. True??
I hadn't read that in any other articles.

Any other advice here is welcome.

I tried to do right by him pre-purchase, now i just want to make sure I do right post-purchase.
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post #2 of 3 Old 05-15-2019, 09:33 PM
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We got him home and once introduced to the tank - well, he's hidden under a piece of wood somewhere I assume and I haven't seen him since.
I don't begrudge him that - I'm just not sure now how best to feed him, since I don't know where he is or when he'll come out. I can drop sinking wafters or blanched cucumber, but don't really want to just leave it all day and have it foul the water.
Plecos are shy creatures, give him a week to adjust to his new environment. And chances are he does come out at night when the lights are off & you're not watching.

Introduce some snails if you're worried about the wafers or cucumber going to waste. But honestly there's not enough "substance" in a cucumber to foul the water. It would take several days to even start to break down.
Better yet, don't blanch the cucumber & it will last a little longer in the tank. They nibble on driftwood so the skin of a cucumber is no problem at all.
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We've had our clown pleco for close to 12 years now and have never had any issues with aggression. She mostly likes to just hide out inside a chunk of driftwood and keep to herself. We got her at about halfway grown and has been in the tank with various tankmates over the years and had no issues with anyone we've ever seen. She's mostly been in with various tetras, other small catfish species (cories and otos mostly, and a bumblebee), guppies and platies, and rams. The tank has changed up a couple times since we first got her, but she's stuck around and never caused any trouble.
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