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09-17-2013, 03:44 PM
I got a gold nugget pleco 2 days ago. its about one inch. i have done my research and decided its a herbivore so i tried to feed it seaweed and boiled cucumber soaked in garlic. some might argue that its a carnivore. it has a very long stomach even for a pleco which is a trait that herbivores have so they can extract all the protein form the food. it also has teeth that are shaped to scrape of bio film. i have not been able to get it to eat. its in my hospital tank. i put some spare driftwood in it to make it feel at home. it has a white patch in front of its dorsal fins which i think might be fungi or something. any body got ideas. my ph is 6.3 and temp is 80. i also cant get it to eat. anybody got successes with feeding them.

09-17-2013, 04:11 PM
You could try some algae or veggie wafers. also zucchini - but I wouldn't boil it. Mine also love shrimp pellets. just keep at it. And make daily water changes and vac all the left over food from the bottom each day in the event you are dealing with a fungus. No salt.

FYI: Just pulled this off aquarium life: (http://www.aquariumlife.net/profiles/baryancistrus/gold-nugget-pleco/100022.asp) Gold Nugget Pleco: Diet: Omnivorous - Feed with frozen blood worms, zucchini, and sinking vegetable-based pellet food. Driftwood is essential for maximum health and growth. The Gold Nugget Pleco will not usually eat algae from the glass. Plants are not eaten.

Good luck. That's a pricey and gorgeous fish. Hope all goes well

09-17-2013, 04:13 PM
A few questions first, and I'm sure one of the experts here will help you out...How big is your tank?...is it cycled?...what other fish are with him?...what are your water parameters, and how do you test them?...what do you use to dechlor your water?...what sort of filtration do you use?

09-17-2013, 04:43 PM
As fishmommie quoted... gold nuggets are known omnivores, that means they eat both plant and animal matter.

In addition to fresh veg, you will also likely want to include a sinking wafer with a higher protein value to help meet its needs.

Is your fish eating?

Some people have troubles with their GN if they get a wild caught that did not adapt well to different feeding offered.

09-17-2013, 04:57 PM
i use sera test kits to test my water. i have an dolphin internal filter which turns the tank over 7 times so its a strong filter. i heard they like current so that helps. i used a sponge from my other tank so it ammonia or nitrite shouldn't be a problem. the tank is 10g which is small but he is less than a inch. he will be moved to a 70 gal where he will be the only bottom feeder. he is alone in the hospital tank now.

09-17-2013, 05:01 PM
no he is about 2 inch. also the airstone is quite big so there is a high oxygen level

09-17-2013, 05:33 PM
Try giving him a place to hide or some shade. It will feel safer then and that might help with the feeding.

A piece of drift wood might be good or a terra cotta pot or something.

09-18-2013, 02:35 PM
good news. there was poop. i am not sure what he ate but there was poop. so he must of eaten something

09-18-2013, 03:26 PM
poop is always good news with plecos. LOL He must be eating something.
back to the veggies - I don't blanch or cook what I feed my plecos. they eat raw in the wild so it makes sense they'd eat raw in the tank.
just keep giving him a good mix of protein and veggie and hopefully he'll be fine.
Good luck with him.

Fish from Filly
09-18-2013, 07:31 PM
They can take a while to eat in new tank due to stress usually from different water conditions or if the tank is larger/smaller or has other fish. If the PH from previous tank was different by more than 0.5, it may be stressed. If you are feeding during the day, that's your problem - they are nocturnal! At that age they will be eating everything and often. Mine eat algae pellets twice a week and blanched zucchini every once in a while plus get the leftover sinking cichlid pellets and shrimp pellets. Just make sure your water parameters are reading normal.
If it developed the fungus in your tank, do water change with same temperature and PH as much as 50% every other day.

You mention you put in driftwood but make sure the wood is large enough to hide in or have something else that it can hide in. After the lights are out for an hour, use a flashlight or your phone and see if you can monitor its behavior. Remember it's nocturnal and will eat more at night but it absolutely needs cover during the daylight. Mine hides behind the filter all day and then is all over the tank at night.

You are correct - they do enjoy currents. Try to set up a hiding spot near the filter outflow.

Good luck!