View Full Version : large pleco/small pleco

02-28-2008, 04:50 AM
i used to breed plecos and they were the same size

however, i currently have a 5-6" common pleco, i found someone on a ad tearing down a tank and one fish is a 9.5" common pleco, $10 with free delivery

providing ones male/female, can they still breed with the 4" size difference?

02-28-2008, 05:04 AM
yep, as long as they are mature. It's common for males to be much larger than females

02-28-2008, 05:05 AM

is there any other way to sex them?

02-28-2008, 05:09 AM
most but probably not all can be sexed by head shape. When viewed from above males have broader heads with more rounded snouts, females have a more pointed head and are broader in the midsection

02-28-2008, 06:10 AM
she said my place was a bit out of her way so i said i would pay $10 for gas

she said if its one trip, why not get more fish?

i ended up getting

1 9.5" pleco- $10
3 baby bala sharks- $20
7 tiger barbs- $5
transport- $5

it all comes tomorrow, thank god for the 650g coming!

02-29-2008, 12:00 AM
I just bought a small Pleco and it is doing great in a 10g tank. How big will it get and is it true that they will grow to the size of the tank and surroundings that it is in?

02-29-2008, 12:02 AM
noo!! fish keep growing even if you keep them in too small of a tank. It may stunt their growth but the keep growing. your looking at 2 foot long if it is just a common pleco(probibly is). 10g is way too small.

02-29-2008, 12:04 AM
common plecos get over a foot and need a 150g.

They will get stunted growth in a 10g, but that takes over half of their lifespan away and they will get sick

02-29-2008, 12:05 AM
please take that poor fish back or get a giant tank. Trust me most of us has done the same thing you just learn from your mistakes and keep going.

02-29-2008, 03:21 AM
she emailed me, shes happy im taking 80% of the fish shes selling since she needs their tank ASAP for a snake, she ended up taking $40 for the pleco, barbs, balas, and transport

the other fish were 2 kissing gouramis and a 6" pleco, but with the new fish im pushing the 90g to the limit. 650g is a for sure though.

02-29-2008, 09:36 AM
as pointed out as long as there mature there shouldnt be a problem,thumbs2:

03-02-2008, 03:19 AM
she said around 8pm, and i thought she meant tomorrow night, she meant tonight.

the pleco is huge, and the balas are actually 6". the largest seems to have a cloudy eye but im sure it will heal on its own