View Full Version : is a 10g truly too small for a bn pleco?

08-29-2013, 10:48 PM
Just wanting to move my bn from my 55 to my 10g. The only other fish in there is my betta, but that tank is having a bad diatom issue and my bn is getting bullied by my blue gourami. I know betta + anything else is a hit/miss and i do have another home for him if need be....

08-30-2013, 01:57 AM
I think you'll get answers both ways on this one - you maybe should have done a poll, lol. Some say absolutely not...some say its ok...

I have one in mine, and it seems happy enough. Its the same size as the one in the 72gal tank...I do plan on upgrading the 10 to a 20gal when I move tho (not solely because of the pleco)...but it's been in there for a couple years now. Maybe even three, I'd have to check my spreadsheet.

08-30-2013, 03:04 AM
i just cant see why a bn cant be in a 10g, other than it would be at least half the bio load. but with a solo betta thats no issue. i mean basic "does it fit" theroy is, "is the tank at least twice as wide as the fish is long" yep. " is the tank 4x as long as the fish is long" definatly, is it a super active swimmer? not that i can see.... the list that i go threw on my own goes on from there, and besides being a big bio load for a 10g tank i cant see why they wouldnt work.... i might start a poll lol thanks

08-30-2013, 02:26 PM
They don't seem to swim around much true, but when they do boy they sure send out a wake behind them. The BN in the 4' tank stays pretty much under its piece of wood, only comes out then I put out zucchini. The BN in the 10gal does the same thing. So personally I don't think a BN physically suffers being in a ten, any more than any other fish normally stocked in a ten. A ten is small for anything, when you come down to it.

As I'm sure you already know, a ten won't give it enough to eat in the long run, so you'll have to supplement. I give mine zucchini or wafers fairly regularly.

08-30-2013, 03:52 PM
he doesnt find food in the 55g ever, i think hes afraid to come out. i leave veggies in there for him but he never finds it, i think because of blue... he should be able to find it in a 10g at least lol

08-30-2013, 04:13 PM
This is a case where it may not be "ideal" but it will work and be better for the pleco. Any fish that is being bullied is under stress, and that means weakened immune system. The betta may leave it alone, hopefully.


08-30-2013, 04:41 PM
oh yah, forgot to mention, my betta doesn't bother the pleco at all. The betta spends all his time up top, hanging around in the roots of the water lettuce, I almost never see him at ground level.

08-30-2013, 05:12 PM
well if m betta starts picking i can always put him in a time out tank.... XD