View Full Version : I think my pleco is happier with goldfish gone?

12-16-2011, 10:24 PM
So I was one of these unaware people that goldies can live in a 10gal until recently and my wife during their 10gal life had got a pleco for the algae but after a while that just was not working since obviously the goldies were messy. So now the goldies live in a 55gal home and the pleco was in the 10gal as I was giving the goldies some time to adapt but I have noticed that my pleco is out a whole lot more since they have been gone. Is it safe to assume that the pleco is glad that they are gone? And now about cleaning my 10gal until I get 20gal for my pleco, is it safe to do a complete water change on the 10gal and clean out the gravel and decor? The only decor I have a castle for the pleco to hide in, would I need an air pump, plants, maybe drift wood from what I read? I really want to do right for my pleco so any advice would be great besides needing a bigger tank which it will get at a later date since s/he is only about 4 inces long still. Thanks

12-17-2011, 12:36 AM
Well gold fish are heavy polluters in the tank. The water quality might be better now that the goldfish are gone, so the pleco is more active now. For decor in the pleco tank, driftwood would be good.

12-19-2011, 08:47 PM
Well water test for my pleco tank were dyer and now doing water treatment as pH balance was lowwwwww. And in my goldies new tank the nitrates were on the high side so both tanks had 20% water change plus treatment. Going back tomorrow to see what the new water test say also using Ammo Carb in with the goldies. Also picking up driftwood for the pleco tomorrow.

12-19-2011, 09:56 PM
Is this Pleco a common pleco that gets 18-24" or is it the kind of pleco that stays 5-6"?

Lady Hobbs
12-19-2011, 10:33 PM
Your pleco (if common) needs to go in the 55 gallon as well and he needs driftwood, not a castle. Wood is part of their diet and is needed and castles they get stuck in.

If you want to use things like castles, then only stock wee neons or cardinals that do not get stuck.

12-19-2011, 11:39 PM
If you have a filter you shouldn't need an air pump.

You can clean the gravel without having to change all the water, though changing the water is not a bad idea at all. The most dangerous thing about total water changes is if there is a big change in the temp or PH it can do a bit of harm or just outright kill them. With a low PH in the tank I would stick to 50-75% at a time, at least then you have some buffer.

And...I knowyou said to not bring it up, but I would say even a 55G is not really good enough for a common pleco in the long run. For now you are fine, but if you take good care of the pleco, he should look like this in about 8 years-

And that would NOT work in 55g.

12-20-2011, 01:55 AM
OK so as far as type I am not sure. As size goes s/he is about 3.5" from end to end. So I am getting driftwood for the pleco tomorrow and for the castle, it was my daughters choice when we just had the 2 goldfish from the carnival so its not like we got it just for the pleco but I never knew about the driftwood thing.

So is it a consensus to move the pleco with the goldfish? Im just afraid they wont get along as my 2 goldies seem to be really active in their new home. Thanks everyone!

12-20-2011, 03:05 AM
If anything the goldfish won't like the pleco's. generally unless they are getting attacked or are hungry pleco's could care less who they are with.

Lady Hobbs
12-20-2011, 03:08 AM
The pleco will be out mainly at night and hide in the wood all day. Shouldn't be a problem.

Awesome pleco there Scrup.

12-20-2011, 04:55 PM
Thanks everyone, well todays test revealed that my nitrates and nitrites are where they should be after using the Amquel but my pH is still low so I bought some pH Up and started a dose today and going to retest tomorrow. Also I got some ZooMed Mopani drift wood and it is soaking in a bucket now before it goes in the tank.

12-22-2011, 09:46 PM
Driftwood is in and castle is out. Seems to love the driftwood but also is very active with laying on the driftwood then 5 minutes going on the glass then back to the driftwood then up towards the top of the tank, just really going everywhere. Should they be this active?

12-23-2011, 02:41 AM
My placo always does that, they are pretty active. I know some as they get big get kind of lazy, but little ones move constantly. I'd say active is better than not.

12-23-2011, 03:12 AM
Good to know, eases my stress level. lol