I wanted to do a little thing on my rescued pleco I named Oscar. He was under "3 inch Common pleco" at the shop, but honestly, I'm not sure he's a common. He was supposed to be three inches long...
Anyways, Oscar and his siblings were dumped into an African Cichlid tank at Petco, where the Cichlids proceeded to rip everyone apart. The guy didn't seem to care, and when I told him to get them out of there he said "Their fins will grow back." Jerk! I was so mad, I told him to grab me the last one that wasn't dead yet and asked if their lives will grow back while the fins are at it. =-=; He got fired, so I found out later.
When I got Oscar, he had no fins, his back was shredded, his tail was gone, he had a few flaps left for his dorsal fin and a pectoral fin, the rest were stumps pretty much. Didn't think he'd make it but that was just terrible, I had to try and save him.
So I brought Oscar home and put him in my 20 gallon, planted fry tank where I had maybe a dozen baby...uh, platies or swordtails, I can't recall. It was nice and clean, and after the stress he went through I thought I'd give that a shot without more stressful meds.
Poor Oscar, he could hardly move, so I had to put food near his mouth and gently clean under him for a while. He could flop about, but it was...well, poor guy, I felt bad and though about ending him, but he kept on going on his own.
This is Oscar two months later. Unfortunately I couldn't bring myself to take photos of him in that horrible shape, I should have though. I wish I had. =( He looks a little bit weird because his fins and tail were catching up to his body. But they did grow back beautifully! This was when I moved him to the 55 gallon, more space for him. He was VERY shy with the other fish, but they didn't bother him and he got over it....sorta. Can't blame the poo guy for being scared after being ripped apart, eh?
Did you know their eyes glow with the camera flash? I didn't know that. I've only had it happen with my plecos, but not any other fish. Kinda weird, but cool.
One on the glass too, better lighting. You would not believe how hard it is to get shots of him, let alone good ones. x.x This is before we moved him out nearing his five inches.
Biiig in between, I got bad at keeping up with photos and updates. First, without his tail and fins Oscar was barely two inches long...in the 55 gallon he was back to about three and a half inches and I kept him there until he was four and a half-five inches. THEN, we moved him to a 73 gallon pool at the beginning of the year this year. It's inside, I raise my baby fish, loaches and some marbled crayfish(temps only while under three inches) in there, as well as some BN plecos. Well, he was about six and a half inches here. Got him in his cave, I gently turned it over for shots, he loves that cave but I had to get a longer one soon after this, he's still got both):
And finally today. Oscar is a whopping eight+ inches long now. <3 He's growing a lot slower than he was before, but he is nice and chubby and healthy. For the first year he really grew fast, and now he's going real slow....well, considering he grew like 6 inches in a year and regrew fins, that's really something anyways and probably not normal...they're supposed to grow pretty slow. x.x LIke a couple inches a year. lol
He's been in the pool since the beginning of last Summer...I think that's right, I am pretty sure I set that up in late April/early May and popped in fish once cycled, which only took about a week since I used mature media in all my filters. It's got two heaters and three filters and two airstones. Lots of caves...had a ton of plants, but they keep vanishing. >>;
Isn't he awesome? Can't even tell he was ever chewed up. He's kinda a jerk though, he's not too shy anymore, and...honestly he's a bit aggressive. With me, not fish. LOL I put my hands in for maintenance and he goes for them. Once I thought "Hey, he's just curious, maybe thinks I have food" and I left him get me. Wish I had not. >_>; He banged himself into me and it hurt(not bad, but it shocked me), and not only that but he BIT me, though it didn't do any damage, it sure wasn't some sucker flop on my hand. LOL They have teeth, I knew that, but normally they don't bite me. He only does it when I go near his cave though, but he has to deal since I must clean under there. =P Oh well, I love that pleco, he's really cool.
This is what he looks like under proper light, and the only one I have of him in proper light without using the flash or far off light. :3 I love his color.
Praise to the awesome survivor, Oscar. Who survived something he should not have. <3
So what do you guys think? Is he a common or some other type of pleco? He doesn't look like any of the commons I've seen(the commons I mean, should there be many under that title and I'm sure there are....are the ones that get like two feet+ long).
Oscar the pleco has a good home with me. He's going to live in a pool, odd....he likes it though. He gets fed on all manner of blanched veggies(like broccoli stems, cucumber, zucchini, the occasional green bean and shelled pea, kale, romaine lettuce), and proteins like mysis shrimp, brine shrimp, glassworms. He's not picky, as you can see, he's a nice weight. :3