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02-20-2014, 12:14 AM #11
I've kept discus with a good number of different kinds of dither fish - this over many years, and I can tell you with certainty that some Plecos, as well as SAE's, and Otocinclus, may well attempt to add discus' slime coatings as part of their diet, which usually occurs when they grow larger, fatter, lazier and a touch more aggressive.
If the discus are larger fish, they can usually just 'flick them off' their bodies, but not always.
I've had it happen to me several times, caught them right in the act, particularly at night with lights off, with all 3 of those types of fish.
It's most certainly not a myth.
These days, the only Pleco I will keep with discus is the Bristle-Nose, and never again will I keep Otos or SAE's with discus.
02-20-2014, 12:59 AM #12
To further elaborate, for those of you who care to know, discus' slime coats are an excellent source of protein, and some fish seem to instinctively know that, and take advantage.
As you discus people will know, discus babies from spawnings will feed on nothing but their parents' slime coats for the first 2 or 3 weeks of their lives. It provides the necessary protein for their primary growth development.
02-20-2014, 06:19 AM #13
02-20-2014, 04:35 PM #14
It was several years ago and I can't honestly recall the 'numbered' names of the Plecos. I had obtained them when they were rather small - under 2" - but when they grew to over 3" that's when the trouble started. My understanding from reading many other posts on simplydiscus.com is that all strains of Plecos were potentially prone to adding discus' slime coats to their diet, with the exception of Bristle-Noses which are the only Pleco recommended to be kept with discus.
The Plecos I had were definitely not starving at the time - they ate pretty much anything and everything I fed the discus, which comprised a lot of different foods - flakes, pellets, crisps, granules, bloodworms, blackworms, brine shrimp, Mysis shrimp, & other seafoods. They grew big & fat very quickly.
02-23-2014, 02:38 PM #15
I have 2 bristlenose in with my discus and both are about 4 inches. I've never seen them bother the fish at all. I actually have a couple in every tank I have. I agree that if you want a pleco they are they way to go.Angel breeder wanna-be