View Full Version : Pleco Q?

03-08-2009, 03:56 PM
I have a pleco, it's about 4 inches in length or so...it's in the 100 gal, and we want to keep it there, BUT, right now my 10 gal has a LOT of algae (caused by a broken light, while it was dark the algae grew like crazy...light is fixed now)...anyway, would it be ok to put the plec in the 10 for a couple of days? Would it help clean up the algae?
I do plan on getting Otto's for the 10 soon but the lfs hasn't had them in stock for months..:P

03-08-2009, 04:08 PM
sure, toss him in there and see what it can do, the pleco will love you

Lady Hobbs
03-08-2009, 04:10 PM
I agree.

(Moving your thread to the catfish section.)

03-08-2009, 04:12 PM
I agree.

(Moving your thread to the catfish section.)
Oops:14: Thanks..wasn't sure where to put it :S

Lady Hobbs
03-08-2009, 04:23 PM
http://smileys.smileycentral.com/cat/36/36_1_38.gif (http://www.smileycentral.com/?partner=ZSzeb001_ZNman000) No problem, dear. It was just one of about 15 this morning.

03-08-2009, 05:02 PM
took a while to catch the plec, but finally did, and he's in the 10...hopefully he's hungry lol

03-09-2009, 04:39 AM
I think it is amazing how well they can keep a tank free of algae.

I had a bristlenose in one of my 55G. She was one of the first fish I got. She died a couple of weeks back when we had a week or more over 40C and I couldn't keep the tank cool. I've had the tanks coming up 5 years now and the week after she died I had to clean the algae off the glass!!!! Every single day I can see it growing. Will have to go and get another one me thinks.

03-09-2009, 04:51 AM
i would say its hit or miss, but probably a miss. pleco's arent actually the best algae eaters

03-09-2009, 04:58 AM
Depends on the species, actually. Most subsist on algae and aufwuchs.
Poster, if your pleco's mouth has rasping plates rather than teeth, he'll do well against the algae.


03-09-2009, 03:40 PM
My sailfin is 6" long and feasts on algae all the time.Seems to have more interest in it than cucumber or spinach.
Take before and after pics of the 10!