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Kaga's Kritters
09-21-2007, 08:42 PM
I finally found a store near me (1 hr away) that carries clown plecos. I have been wanting some sort of small pleco for the 29g I am working on setting up. Is their anything special they require care wise? thanks.

Dave66
09-21-2007, 08:48 PM
A place to hide is what they need, Kaga. A cave, clump of plants, pile of rocks, something. They are shy and will hide during the day til they get used to your tank and you. When comfortable, they will come out to eat during the day. Green veggies, algae is what they eat. Otherwise, feed just before lights out.

Dave

Kaga's Kritters
09-21-2007, 09:07 PM
great, i will make sure to get some sort of decoration that it can hide in.

Dave66
09-21-2007, 09:37 PM
You can look forward to a long time with them, Kaga. Clown plecos often live past 10 years.

Dave

Arkie
09-21-2007, 11:32 PM
thats pretty cool them living for that long! i bought mine about 2 weeks ago and was wondering if they need to live in groups or are they happy by themselves?
i have some bristlenose in the tank aswell as a baby sailfin pleco, is that enough company for the clown?:confused:

Dave66
09-22-2007, 08:24 AM
If there are enough hiding places in a larger tank, clown plecos do well in groups, and you may see a rare spawn of the fish.
The sailfin will get more aggressive towards the others the larger he gets. Sailfins can make it past 20 years, by the way.

Dave

TowBoater
09-22-2007, 12:05 PM
My clown sometimes comes out at night but not much, he mainly stays in his stump. He is leaving today though, he along with several other fish are going to the LFS.

cocoa_pleco
09-22-2007, 03:37 PM
they need a place to hide and room to swim. the 4 in my 55g are always together, and hide rarely now. they just want food!

Arkie
09-23-2007, 01:41 AM
its actually hard to find clown plecos here thats why i grabbed mine when i saw it!!! ill have to keep searching now. id like for them to breed one day. are they difficult to breed???
and the sailfin will be going in the big tank with the oscars when its big enough, but 20 yrs??? shit i could still have Mr pleco when im 44!!!!!

Dave66
09-23-2007, 02:07 AM
That's why aquarium keeping can become such a commitment. . . when you're good at it fish live amazingly long lives.

Dave

cocoa_pleco
09-23-2007, 05:13 AM
i agree with dave, if you take care of fish they last forever. one of my old fancy goldfish was born in 1975. i got him in 2003 and he died a few years later from age

Arkie
09-23-2007, 07:38 AM
it must be sad though loosing a fish that your've had for so long, well its sad any time we loose a fish but you know what i mean???? i hope!!

Dave66
09-23-2007, 09:32 AM
I lost a 20 year old Jack Dempsey and two 18 year old plecos in an ice storm in '95. Still makes me sad to think about it.

Dave