View Full Version : what are good tank mates for plecos ?

09-03-2015, 01:36 PM
I had a cloun pleco,for about 3 or 4 weeks thin i got some zedra danios 6 . About 4 or 5 days later one night it looked like some one had ben eating on one of the plecos pectoral fins that morning it was dead and looked like they ate all his skin. I want to get another pleco and i dont want this to happen agen. Anny advice ?

09-03-2015, 01:42 PM
I have never had my clown pleco attacked by danios or any shoaling fish like them. Are you sure the pleco was not dead before then?

09-03-2015, 01:57 PM
I agree, sounds like the pleco was dead prior to them picking on him/her. Did you have driftwood in your tank for the clown pleco?

09-03-2015, 02:21 PM
I didnt have any drift wood . but the one fin was mangled ,looked like it was eat'n on the night befor and it was alive at that time. there were some live planst in the java fern a grass of some kind and some thing with red leaves dont remiber the name.

09-03-2015, 02:24 PM
Clown plecos need driftwood to survive as well as being fed algae wafers, and the occasional zucchini, squash, romaine/red lettuce. Omega One makes great algae wafers.

What did you feed your pleco, when, and how often?

09-03-2015, 02:26 PM
do you think if i have wood in their it would make a difrence? and i could try a nother one with the danios?

09-03-2015, 02:30 PM
Clown plecos are actually panaques-wood is a main part of their diet, so that could be a contributing factor in its death.

09-03-2015, 02:32 PM
there was some algae in the tank and feed it top fin algae thins .about 1 or 2 a week did i starve him to death?

09-03-2015, 02:49 PM
I have a clown pleco-it doesn't eat algae, wafers or otherwise. Many plecos do not eat algae, or algae exclusively-they are omnivores, and there are a few that are carnivores.

09-03-2015, 03:08 PM
At 3-4 weeks, chances are high that it did starve because there was no driftwood. I recommend malaysian driftwood or manzanita.


10-20-2015, 05:29 PM
I have a piece of Cholla Wood from Triton that my Pleco seems to suck on.

10-20-2015, 05:56 PM
Yes, but the driftwood that Sue mentioned should also be included in the tank, one or the other depending on your preference. Mopani will leech a lot more tannins for a lot longer than the Malaysian, IMHO. I prefer the look of the mopani to Malaysian though-but again, my opinion.

10-20-2015, 06:04 PM
I put a chunk of elm from my yard for my clown pleco. I don't see him often, but it's been a year or so and he is definitely fat and happy. I'm not sure it really matters what type of wood, its most likely the cellulose that matters.

10-20-2015, 06:12 PM
Doubt the cholla is big enough for the pleco to sit on, the wood is not only food but somewhere for them to "blend in" and offers a low stress territory for them to claim.

10-20-2015, 08:07 PM
Well said by mrs. B and rocksor. My clown is hiding on drift wood everyday and happy till I move it too see where he went. Lol

10-20-2015, 10:29 PM

I have a complicated fake rock for the pleco to hide under, he likes it.