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Old 02-25-2011, 07:27 PM   #1 
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Wink when can sucker fish friend get a betta

ok so my friend that has the sucker fish yes, it is alive we know tha but she wants a betta and also the filter was cleand today so when can she get a betta
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Old 02-25-2011, 08:19 PM   #2 
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What size is the tank? what kind of catfish is it? How big is it? What maintainance do you do in the tank? You need to provide us with more information.
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Old 02-26-2011, 12:48 AM   #3 
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Everything Alex09 asked PLUS does it look anything like the Picture Alex09 has or does your sucker fish like to "stick its lips" to the side of the tank?
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Old 02-26-2011, 02:17 AM   #4 
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Most Plecos (if that is what you mean by "suckerfish") grow to be very large, normally needing at least a 55 gallon. Also, plecos tend to become more aggressive the older and bigger they get. It is not surprising to hear a story about a Pleco holding down a fish and sucking it's scales off.
As with most catfish (pictus and the like). They will attack your fish once the lights go out and also most grow very large.
So as the others have said. It is important to know the type of Pleco/catfish.
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Old 02-26-2011, 10:11 AM   #5 
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Just to clarify.. plecos don't suck the scales off fish, they suck the protective slime coat off.


Like Alex said we would need to hear more about the type of cat fish. A small cory or oto cat would do fine with a betta (in an appropriately sized home) but most pleco species are out of the question.
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Old 02-26-2011, 11:10 AM   #6 
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ok so its she dosnt know the size of the tank to me it looks like a 10/15 or so and not like alex09s pic it is like im not sure let me find out
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Old 02-26-2011, 11:14 AM   #7 
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Here are some pics of common aquarium catfish





Does it look similar to any of these?
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Old 02-26-2011, 11:14 AM   #8 
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Most Plecos (if that is what you mean by "suckerfish") grow to be very large, normally needing at least a 55 gallon. Also, plecos tend to become more aggressive the older and bigger they get. It is not surprising to hear a story about a Pleco holding down a fish and sucking it's scales off.
As with most catfish (pictus and the like). They will attack your fish once the lights go out and also most grow very large.
So as the others have said. It is important to know the type of Pleco/catfish.
Actually, most plecos are 6 inches max. And only the carnivorous species suck on slime coat. Oppurtinistic feeders like common plecos will eat anything. If it is a chinese algea eater it is also bad, as they love slime coat. A bulldog pleco would be fine because they grow to only two inches, but I dought it is a bulldog plec.
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The ones most sold in petstores are common pleco and they WILL get big.
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Old 02-26-2011, 11:19 AM   #10 
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ok so the 1 it kinda looks like is maby the bottem pic far side but she has had it 4 like 1 year and it hasnt realy grown much so and i think it is maby albino i think i might be able to get a pic
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