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post #1 of 23 (permalink) Old 06-13-2012, 07:26 PM Thread Starter
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Exclamation Common Pleco

How often do I feed him a algee tablet?

Also, how do I make my betta stop eating them when I put one in! :P He is sooooooooooooooo bloated right now.

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A common pleco? Like not a bristlenose pleco? I think you've got larger problems than when to feed him an algae pellet. Common plecos get around a foot long and produce a ton of waste. If you've got a 50+ gal tank you can plop him in, that would be much better. They really do best in tanks larger than 75 gallons.

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I asked how much to feed him not what size tank he should be living in. PLUS how do you know he isnt living in a 75g community tank that happens to have a betta in it?

So again... how much and how often do I feed him.

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He looks like the bristlenose Pleco (i think)


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Nope. He's a common, not a Bristlenose. Bristlenoses have little "hairs" on there "nose". That fish doesn't have them. You shouldn't feed him only those algae wafers. Ideally you should add supplements like cucumber, zucchini, etc. and they should be in a 75+ gallon tank. Bettas aren't compatible tank mated for them, because as they get older. They get more agressive and a 2 ft. Pleco would easily kill a betta


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Foods metioned, plus sinking pellet food once an evening after light's are off for the day over the tank.
Is indeed common pleco, and for fishes sake,as well as water quality,,I hope he is in 50 gal tank or larger.

The most important medication in your fish medicine cabinet is.. Clean water.
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female bristlenoses dont have the bristles
but idk how to tell what you've got

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Are you guys sure? Isn't 12 rays on the dorsal a bristlenose? I counted the rays right, correct?
Anyways I think Cj and Bekah are right and it's a female BN.

For amount to feed, which is indeed being not answered, I'll tell you what I did for my cories. Day one, 3 wafers, all eaten by the end of the night (when I feed). Day two, 4 wafers, all eaten. Day three, 5 wafers, all eaten. Day four, 6 wafers, leftovers. I feed 4-5 wafers nightly now. So just trial an error, unlike betta/goldfish, these fish should stop eating when full so that's a good indication.
Anything called "bottom feeder wafers" will have meaty product in it, whereas algae wafers are generally just algae. So he can enjoy both.
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Thats a gibby (Pterygoplichthys gibbiceps) you can tell by the dorsal rays. Bristlenose only have 9 dorsal rays, your fish has 13. He is goig to get big (12"-18")
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Oh poo it is 13! I counted 12.
I thought the BN had 12 rays though? Ancistrus dolichopterus, L183? Is that the common species?
Anything over 10 rays is a Pterygoplichthys, (except A. dolichopterus).
This guy will potentially be larger than a common plec. o-o

EDIT: also this guy may decide to eat a betta once he's big, right?

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