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12-10-2013, 03:50 AM #1Member CoryCat
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"Rubberlip" Pleco idling in odd spot
My understanding of plecos and everything I've read so far has been that they are nocturnal, they usually hide and come out during the night when there doesn't seem to be any sort of "threat."
I've had this pleco for about 3 months now. It first started out to where I did not see him feed on anything, he would hide most of the time and ever since I managed to put my new driftwood piece, he got out of his old hiding spot and have been sitting on top of the driftwood to where his eyes are pointed at me and not hiding, in plain sight basically -- front of aquarium tank. As of today and I don't know why, but he's now "idling" on the glass and he's been in that position for hours. Usually, he'll move from his spot if there's wafers I drop in or move around the glass looking for algae, but he's pretty much in this spot, again completely plain sight of everything. I kind of liked him when he was visible from the body up, not the inside :-(.
Just wanted to see if anyone is familiar with this behavior and if it is anything I should be concerned about. I do 25-45% water changes every 4-5 days, have 4 clown loaches and 6 yo yo loaches and they all are doing well. I have 3 different filters running and tested water levels about a week ago and all was at good levels.
12-10-2013, 04:16 AM #2
I got a rubberlip pleco a little while ago. He shares my community aquarium with a much older bristlenose. The bristlenose is practically never on the glass with the lights on, but the rubbernose is frequently. I know what you mean about wanting to see the attractive side of the fish. Mine doesn't sit still for every long, though... he'll typically show up on the glass for a bit, move around to a couple different spots, and then disappear again.300 gallon mega tank: sailfin pleco, clown loaches, silver dollars, roseline sharks, congo tetras
75 gallon community tank: black skirt tetras, danios, bronze corys, harlequin rasboras, otos, bristlenose and bulldog plecos, assassin snails, red cherry shrimp, bamboo shrimp
60 gallon goldfish tank: fancy goldfish
12-10-2013, 05:42 AM #3
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12-10-2013, 08:38 AM #5
Plecos kinda just sit wherever they flop, but if he's returning there's probably something there he likes. Maybe he likes watching you? Some fish will do that... Or it could be he just likes the flow or the lighting there.I hate hearing people say "it's only a $3/$5/$1 fish/shrimp, so it's ok if it dies, I can just get another." It's still an animal! All animals should be treated like they're worth $10,000.
29 sw: Damsel, shrimpgoby, pistol shrimp, waspfish
65 fw: Rummies, glowlight tetras, pencilfish, darters, ottos, f betta, goby, dwarf gourami, ninjas
29 fw: Chili rasboras, pygmy cories, P. Gertrudae
12-10-2013, 08:50 AM #6