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Old 05-23-2012, 10:23 AM   #1 
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Waldo??

Yesterday I put a brittlenose plecko into the 10gal tank with the 3 girls and the ghost shrimp . . .

today, I CAN'T FIND IT!!

Where did it go?? I searched through the tank (as much as I could without upsetting the girls) around the tank (though getting out with .5 feet of sheer glass w/out water and a lipped edge would be a feat) and nothing!!

I have no idea where it went!!! Any guesses? Has anyone had this happen before?
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Old 05-23-2012, 12:33 PM   #2 
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Never mind . . . I found it . . . :scratch head:
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Old 05-23-2012, 12:39 PM   #3 
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lol. is it a baby?

and i was looking into a bristlenose pleco too. did you get a male or a female?
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Old 05-23-2012, 01:30 PM   #4 
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not sure, and yeah, its a baby I think
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Old 05-23-2012, 01:53 PM   #5 
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Don't plecos have a minimum tank requirement of 20 gallons?
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Old 05-23-2012, 02:46 PM   #6 
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brittlenose only need 10+, he should only get a few inches i think
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Old 05-23-2012, 06:34 PM   #7 
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No. . .

Bristlenose plecos actually do need 20 gallons of water, it's not about the amount of water is about the footprint of the tank, they need 24" x 12" base footprint to thrive, which is a standard 20 gallon (long or high either one). Even though they only grow to around 5" or so they are still pretty active and need that big of a footprint in order to thrive. It's like putting a puppy in a box and expecting to be content with the space that s/he has, obviously the puppy wants to explore more and have more space to explore.

I highly suggest you return the pleco, along with getting more girls, three isn't enough. Bump the numbers up, with either 1 or two girls, the more girls the more the aggression gets spread out. Along with that I also suggest bumping the numbers of shrimps. :) They like to be in a colony of five or more, they're social beings too.
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Old 05-23-2012, 07:20 PM   #8 
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He's going to get 6 inches long, so he'll get pretty cramped in a ten gallon. Whilst space may not be a problem for a while, plecos do poop a heck of a lot. With a sorority in there, you're going to be overstocked.
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Alright, when he gets bigger I'll move him. I'll also get more shrimp (the others got eaten by my male when he was in there).

I tried to introduce my older female into the sorority, but she was bullying the other females too much. Which is too bad, because then all my females would've been together . . .

On friday Petsmart is having a tropical fish sale, so I think I'll go then.

Anyone know where I can get cheap tank decorations? and some of that duckweed?
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i have some duckweed i can sell you. I need to cut back on how much i have anyway. Check my website in my sig.
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