View Full Version : Advice please on Plecos

06-12-2017, 03:28 PM
So we were given a 10 gal tank by a friend who moved a year ago. This included an albino bristlenose pleco and a rainbow assortment of 4 glofish. Amazingly, they are all thriving. A bit of extra algae in the tank and the pet store said we should add clown pleco......Which I have since learned is complete nonsense!! Though the first pleco is small still, it is definitely territorial and I had to remove the one we bought. I have someone who wants him for an outdoor pond (fish are brought in for winter) but I'm thinking he is too small (just over 1 inch) and not the right type?? Thanks for any insight here..... Would rather get a second tank for him than dump him off in an irresponsibly.

06-12-2017, 03:38 PM
Why do you think you need a pleco for the 10g?

What kind of glofish do you currently have? Zebra Danios?

06-12-2017, 03:51 PM
As I said.... this tank was inherited with fish....I did not choose them. Yes, my mistake is listening to some dude in a pet store before researching it on my own and trying to add a second one. The fish are glofish tetras and one zebra danio. Right now I need help deciding what to do with the clown pleco please.

06-12-2017, 04:01 PM
Welcome to the AC.

The clown pleco needs to be returned or rehomed....10G is no where close to an adequate size for that fish...eventually the BNP will get too big as well

06-12-2017, 04:06 PM
Thank you, I realize this. I have someone who says they know fish telling me it can be put in an outdoor pond. I am trying to get advice on this specifically before I make another un-researched decision. Are Clown plecos (4 inch max) for indoor aquariums only?

06-12-2017, 04:16 PM
I suppose one could go into a pond if the temperature requirements are met, but I've never heard of them being kept in ponds

Here's some info: https://www.planetcatfish.com/common/species.php?species_id=734

06-12-2017, 04:18 PM
My opinion would be to not put a clown pleco in a pond. Clown plecos need sources of wood to be part of their diet, they are small and shy and mainly nocturnal and would not be something for a large pond-nor would an bristlenose, which doesn't need as much wood-but still benefits from cellulose (from wood) in their diet.

Besides both fish do very well in aquariums. If you had a common pleco that got to be 24", I would say yes the pond is a great place for them since many people can't filter or have a tank large enough to house common plecos adequately.

Also glow-fish are either genetically modified tetras or danios-both of which are really too active to thrive in a 10 gallon tank.

06-12-2017, 04:20 PM
Thank you!

06-12-2017, 06:09 PM
So are you going to look at rehoming the fish you've inherited? I'm sure a local aquarist with an appropriately sized tank would love to adopt your fish. Then you could restock your new 10 gallon with smaller fish that don't require the swimming space or territory.

06-12-2017, 06:16 PM
If your in the vicinity of IL I could help you out. I drive over 100 miles a day to/from work so distance isn't too big a deal for me.

Law Dog
06-12-2017, 09:03 PM
People put plecos in ponds all the time here in MI, BUT they return them to our LFS when the outdoor temps start to dip. I had a pleco in my 100gal that it out grew (19 inches) and traded it in about 1 month ago. Within 1 week it was sold to someone with a pond.