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dlaube
01-05-2010, 02:11 PM
This thing is over 1 foot long, maybe almost 18 inches, and its in a 55 gallon tank.
Now before you start flaming me this was not my doing, the tank belonged to an older couple who had this pleco for 8 years, along with 2 gold fish, which I am not sure how long they have had.

Anyways this thing is way too big. Sometimes it tries to surface for whatever reason, and it hits its head on the hood of the tank. Then sometimes it spazzes out and hits the front and the back of the tank trying to turn around. And I am almost positive I've seem it try to attach to the gold fish a few times. and if it gets a hold of one of them I dont know what would happen.

I've called my LFS and they said they dont have room for it, or any of the fish. I wanted to set this up as a cichlid tank, but I dont mind keeping the gold fish and was considering getting more, but I dont know how they would fair with that monster in the tank. I've even had to flatten some of my mini rock structures to make room for him.
The only person I know with a larger tank has a 75 gallon tank. the tank isn't as narrow and has a very low gravel bed (less then half an inch), but it is a turtle tank, and their turtles have been known to pick off some fish. Not to mention that the tank is probably about 65 degrees most of the time. They do manage to keep fish in that tank that survive though.

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Northernguy
01-05-2010, 02:14 PM
Post an ad on Craig's list or a site like that offeriing it to a good home.
That fish needs larger than a 75 but its better than a 55!

Lady Hobbs
01-05-2010, 02:21 PM
Or put an ad in your local paper, Free Cycle, anything. Perhaps you can find someone local and not have to worry about shipping him.

annageckos
01-05-2010, 02:25 PM
You can also check over at mosterfishkeepers.com. Craigslist is alway good too.

Lab_Rat
01-05-2010, 03:59 PM
I feel your pain, I also inherited a 29g tank with a 14" common.

I 4th the craigslist/classifieds idea. You may have to sort through some flakes but hopefully you can find a suitable home. Are there any other LFS in your area that may take him? No idea if he would work with turtles, but they're heavily armored so it very well might.

Red
01-05-2010, 04:13 PM
I agree, CL is the best way to get rid of it. MFK is another good spot to get rid of commons. I envy your way to get the fish a new home.

Northernguy
01-05-2010, 04:17 PM
You can also phone all the stores in your area.Someone may be looking for one of those.You may get lucky!

Scrup
01-05-2010, 05:17 PM
pretty coloring on the poor guy. I would make sure he is getting a lot of food. peeled potatoes work well with large plecos. Usually if they are not hungry they wont try and latch onto fish.

Happy plecos should have fat bellies.

good luck with the rehoming

VoidParadigm
01-05-2010, 06:33 PM
As stated above, your best bet is to advertise the poor guy around as much as possible.

As Red said, you should get a MonsterFishKeepers account and advertise him there. PlanetCatfish too. I've seen many people during my time in the hobby looking for adult catfish so that they wouldn't have to deal with growing a fish on their own before adding it to a semi-aggressive tank (So that there wasn't a chance of the baby pleco getting eaten.)

Edit: Just saw this link in Oscar_freak12321's signature. Worth a shot, perhaps.
http://www.monsterfishrescue.com/

dlaube
01-05-2010, 08:30 PM
I went to craigslist and tried to find an appropriate place to adertise the fish under, but it specifically says

free stuff (no "wanted" ads, pets, promotional giveaways, or intangible/digital items please)

should I just do it anyways?

VoidParadigm
01-05-2010, 08:32 PM
Could.
Could also just go to the actual pets section and be all "To Good Home" yadayada.

Crispy
01-05-2010, 08:34 PM
Wow! That pleco is a beast! Where do you live? That might help if other members live close. I would take him if you lived near me.

Deleted User
01-05-2010, 08:38 PM
I would do it http://www.getsmile.com/emoticons/smileys-91853/aiw/yes.gif

You are absolutely allowed to post "adoptable" pets on Craigslist and to ask a reasonable adoption fee if you choose. In fact, browsing it looking for a good deal on a tank (never found that) got me thinking about adopting a cat or kitten because I saw so many ads for them! We did it, too, but through a local shelter that had an adoption booth in Petsmart where we went to buy a new 75g tank... so how's that for full circle thumbs2:

But, yes, for sure post your pleco on Craigslist and if you can get pictures of him, so much the better I think http://www.getsmile.com/emoticons/smileys-91853/aiw/yes.gif

Good luck!!! http://www.getsmile.com/emoticons/smileys-91853/aiw/smile.gif

dlaube
01-05-2010, 08:42 PM
Well I live near buffalo, New York, if anyone nearby is interested =P

and there is no pets section as far as I can see on craigslist...but ill post it there anyways

Deleted User
01-05-2010, 08:47 PM
Here's the Pets section in Buffalo, NY:

http://buffalo.craigslist.org/pet/

dlaube
01-05-2010, 08:56 PM
ah, the pet section is under 'community' thats why I couldnt find it

BTW, I just measured the pleco, and he is 18.5 inches >.<

Deleted User
01-05-2010, 09:09 PM
OMG, that is a huge pleco!!! You could market him as a seamonster!!! thumbs2:

Lab_Rat
01-05-2010, 09:27 PM
Just post anyway, I would list him in both the pets section and in the free section. The worst that happens is you get flagged and then you can just re-post. It's not like you're a puppy mill trying to sell puppies, you're legitimately trying to find the plec a proper home.

Scrup
01-05-2010, 09:30 PM
keep an eye on it and be really careful how you state it. Everytime I have tried to rehome fish for free it gets flagged and taken down within 2 days. Pics help a ton.

bearweasel
01-05-2010, 10:09 PM
Most craigslist ads I've seen require you to ask for a rehoming fee. So do that, but make it something like a dollar, then when people call, tell them it's free. Gotta be creative to get around dumb rules!

dlaube
01-05-2010, 10:48 PM
No need anymore =D, I posted on craigslist and got a call within an hour, the couple took both the gold fish and sucker, and they only lived about 10 minutes away.
They are in a 75 gallon tank for now, and they are in the process of setting up a 90 gallon tank, which is where the pleco will be moved to at least.

annageckos
01-05-2010, 10:51 PM
I went to craigslist and tried to find an appropriate place to adertise the fish under, but it specifically says

free stuff (no "wanted" ads, pets, promotional giveaways, or intangible/digital items please)

should I just do it anyways?

You can't sell animals on CL, you can rehome them with an adoption fee or just give them away. I would list it in pets or free stuff.

Ok, I'm alittle late. Glad you got it rehomed.

Deleted User
01-05-2010, 10:55 PM
No need anymore =D, I posted on craigslist and got a call within an hour, the couple took both the gold fish and sucker, and they only lived about 10 minutes away.
They are in a 75 gallon tank for now, and they are in the process of setting up a 90 gallon tank, which is where the pleco will be moved to at least.
Way to go :19: :19: :19:

bob saget
01-07-2010, 10:01 AM
Holy damn, that thing is massive! Glad you found a home for him. My pleco grew twice as large within 2 months. He always has a fat belly and cucumber for supper :) Man he drills straight through that :D

bob saget
01-07-2010, 10:13 AM
Sorry, gonna thread jack this one real quick :)
I was not the original owner of my pleco, and it's hard for me to tell what kind he is. I know for sure he is either a sailfin or a common. What is the main difference between the two? He has that large semi-circular dorsal fin that he displays when he is whipping around and also is covered by that "tiger-like" pattern of spots.
Any way to know for sure, or is there a difference at all?

dlaube
01-07-2010, 12:51 PM
you could post a picture....but it sounds like a sailfin.

Northernguy
01-07-2010, 02:30 PM
Bob Saget you can search out your pleco here.
http://www.planetcatfish.com/catelog/common_names.php

It may take a little while but I'm sure you will find it there.

bluebluecow
01-07-2010, 03:22 PM
great to know he has a good home

bob saget
01-07-2010, 08:52 PM
Bob Saget you can search out your pleco here.
http://www.planetcatfish.com/catelog/common_names.php

It may take a little while but I'm sure you will find it there.


Thanks for the link, the mouth looks alot like common pleco, but the dorsal fin is not as circular as common pleco have. I need to take a pic one of these days :(