View Full Version : My new pleco

10-08-2010, 04:09 AM
So most of you know that I was looking for a new pleco. Actually, I needed two, but since no store in town has them, and the breeder is too far, I only got one, and will keep my small common pleco (Algernon, Algy for short) for a little longer.

I found my new pleco, an albino female ancistrus (BN pleco), in one of the bad stores. She seemed well-treated, with no finrot or fungus. They were asking $30, which I thought was way too much, but she looked gorgeous.

I bought her a week ago, but she was in my quarantine tank while I made sure she was clean. Now she is in with my goldfish, and the common pleco is in the quarantine tank. She didn't seem to want to leave the quarantine tank and hasn't figured out that green vegetables are food, but she isn't being picked on by the goldfish, so I think she'll have her share of the algae wafers... she is more than twice their size.

Here is my new pleco:

In the old tank:
http://www.aquaticcommunity.com/fishpictures/data/507/thumbs/B1.JPG (http://www.aquaticcommunity.com/fishpictures/showphoto.php?photo=19334)

In the new tank:
http://www.aquaticcommunity.com/fishpictures/data/507/thumbs/B2.JPG (http://www.aquaticcommunity.com/fishpictures/showphoto.php?photo=19335)

http://www.aquaticcommunity.com/fishpictures/data/507/thumbs/B3.JPG (http://www.aquaticcommunity.com/fishpictures/showphoto.php?photo=19336)

Common pleco chewing on an algae wafer:
http://www.aquaticcommunity.com/fishpictures/data/507/thumbs/A2.JPG (http://www.aquaticcommunity.com/fishpictures/showphoto.php?photo=19337)

On a sire note, is it normal that she's about 5 inches long?

10-08-2010, 04:16 AM
adult size is usually listed as 4-6", so yeah, you're right in that range.

10-08-2010, 04:33 AM
Except I have no idea what her age is...

Does she look healthy?

10-08-2010, 04:51 AM
how's the belly look? is it flat or slightly bulging, or is it caved in? I can't really tell from the picture. That's the surest indication of health of a pleco.

10-08-2010, 04:53 AM
I think slightly bulging. It is hard to tell since she isn't against the window all that much, at least not during the day. It isn't sunken, that is for sure. She pooed like there was no tomorrow the first day. Now she seems more regular.

10-08-2010, 11:40 AM
Nice looking pleco... thumbs2:

10-08-2010, 02:51 PM
Thanks. She seems less shy today, moving around when the lights are on.

10-08-2010, 09:40 PM
Nice looking fish! Good luck with her.

10-09-2010, 03:29 PM
Today she figured out that the cucumber in the tank was for her. I didn't cook it since that would make the goldfish eat it all first. She ate 6-7 mouthfuls, which I think would make her full. Now I just need to figure out how often to feed her :P

10-12-2010, 02:30 AM
Alright, anyone know how often I should feed my plecos? I have the 4 1/2 inch Ancistrus in the 32g and the 2 inch common pleco in the 15g. How often should I give each one a slice of vegetable?

10-12-2010, 10:58 AM
I feed my plecos veggies three times a week and pellets 3 times a week. I will alternate one day veggies and the next pellets. I also change the type of veggies and the type of pellets between each feeding.

My apple snail and severums will also eat some of the veggies so I have to put in enough for everyone

Seams to work well for my tank.

10-12-2010, 02:03 PM
My issue with pellets is that the goldfish eat them before the BN pleco can get them. Can he survive on only vegetables?