Pleco floats sometimes floats upside down
Help please, I've inherited 2 very large about 12-13" long plecos .. have been doing fine . did fight a bout of ich but was able to cure. Current problem is one of the plecos sometimes floats upside on top of tank and i'm afraid he is dying. I've research and have read about fasting and feeding peas tried first time tonite. Any one with any other advice? or tips? I really don't want to lose this beautiful fish. I have 30 gallon tank in addition to plecos i have a pair of catfish and about 4 tropical fish
i can assure you that your tank is too small for the plecos, you should see if you can get the LFS to take them. Or upgrade your tank. Although, 2 common plecos shouldn't be in ANY LESS than around 100 gallons.
What kind of catfish do you have?
Finally reached 6 tanks... oh god, this addiction is getting serious. 75g mbuna tank, 65g gold severum, 55g OB peacock breeding colony, 30g(36x18) growout, 20 long Dwarf Alto's, 10g fry tank.
If I die young bury me in... An 8x2x2 with versa tops and a large sump for adequate filtration;)
Please post a picture of this tank, We love pictures and it would also help us with your pleco.
My GF calls me insincere... I pretend to care.
Think about how stupid the average person is and then realize that half of them are stupider than that.~George Carlin.
It's not that great.~Otto Rohwedder. My optimistic pessimism is tempered with pessimistic optimism.
Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored.~Aldous Huxley.
William, What decade will all that 'hit-n-run crapola spam' be deleted from 'Buy & sell'?
How long have you had the plecos? In a 30 gallon the bioload hit would be like an atom bomb, even if cycled the ammonia would skyrocket. I suspect your filtration hasnt coped, although I'm surprised the pleco was the first to show distress. Test the water and advise ammonia, nitrite and nitrate levels, and yes the tank is way to small for ordinary plecos
agree with everyone else about the tank size and filtration issues... also, what are you feeding them? Floating upside down strikes me as a digestion issue although that may be a secondary concern at this point.
300 gallon mega tank
: build in progress
75 gallon community tank
: tetras, danios, corys, platies, otos, pearl gouramis, bristlenose pleco, assassin snails, red cherry shrimp, bamboo shrimp
70 gallon growout tank: clown loaches, sailfin pleco
60 gallon goldfish tank: fancy goldfish
29 gallon frog tank / 10 gallon tadpole tank
: 1 leopard frog, 1 tadpole
10 gallon and 5.5 gallon betta tanks: 1 male betta each, sometimes snails
A friend of mine had a 12" plec in his 70gal with some cichlids and they were doing fine until another friend gave him another plec and a gourami, his filter was not big enough to handle the bio load and he ran into all sorts of problems and lost a load of his stock. big fish small tank/filter = major issues/death. You need a bigger tank and filter 100gal+ and even then you will prob lose the fish during the cycle!
Sorry to be the bearer of bad news.
1) 140 gallon with 70 gallon sump. 30 neons , 8 white cloud mountain minnows,, 10 Schwarzi cory, 10 julii cory 12 harlequin rasbora, 10 Hengals Rasbora,2 Bulldog Plecs, 2 Bristle nosed plec's and loads of assasin snails. internal 1000 filter + external Fluval 406, fluval U2 to transfer to my QT when needed
2) 70gallon, and 15 penguin and 12 red eye tetra with an Enheim pro filter.
3) 20 gallon QT
4) algae rock tank, with about 10 bulldog fry
ur pleco could be suffering from some different issues
1. Bloat - eating to much so the stomach is larger than normal so they ( fish normally float upside down)
3. not enough room to swim so that could be stress contributed too
4. over stocked with fish could add stress too.
this is what was running threw my head when i was reading ur post.
i agree with Northerly too