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    0 Not allowed!
    I picked up a bushy nose a few days ago and asked (probing if you will) my LFS guy if driftwood is necessary for the him. He said no, since they were all tank raised.

    I bought up a piece anyway (from a different store), because I like the idea of the pleco, tank raised or not, having the most natural diet he can have.

    But that raises the question- Is driftwood a necessity in tank bred plecos? Have their wild/natural diets been bred out of the absolute need for driftwood?

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    That's just dumb. lol They love wood. I don't think because a fish is tank raised that it no longer recognizes something as food. Give a fish flake food all its life and then toss in some bloodworms. It might look at them funny, but it'll figure them out real quick.
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    3 Not allowed!
    Mine would be lost w/out his arched DW pieces to hide under/graze upon

    FH, why the heck are you listening to what an LFS drone tells you, anyway?...that's why you have us! LOL
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    Quote Originally Posted by Slaphppy7 View Post
    Mine would be lost w/out his arched DW pieces to hide under/graze upon

    FH, why the heck are you listening to what an LFS drone tells you, anyway?...that's why you have us! LOL
    I didn't listen I bought a piece anyway because I know better. And this wasn't a box store either.
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    Good deal, and funny that you bought it elsewhere, lol
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    Ok, you opened the door, so I'll step thru. Just left the LFS(see Mrs. Wayhilc post)the salesperson, said you can not buy female dwarf gouramis, I couldn't respond I was so shocked, is this true ? Hey you said "ask us"

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    What do you mean, can't buy them?....Rob knows about gouramis more than me....
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    I am pretty sure you can buy them, it's just that most lfs don't stock them. The female are considered drab and therefore don't sell well with the general and uneducated public.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fishhook View Post
    I picked up a bushy nose a few days ago and asked (probing if you will) my LFS guy if driftwood is necessary for the him. He said no, since they were all tank raised..
    Well, that's a bizarre reasoning on their part.
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    I bought up a piece anyway (from a different store), because I like the idea of the pleco, tank raised or not, having the most natural diet he can have.

    But that raises the question- Is driftwood a necessity in tank bred plecos? Have their wild/natural diets been bred out of the absolute need for driftwood?
    Err... ok...

    Out of the 1200 species of "pleco" gut analysis of wild specimen has been on about a 150 by now. Based on that and on observations we now know that only fish from the genus:
    Panaque
    panaqolus
    some hypostomus
    Actually "need" wood and even then there's some debate still ongoing if and how they actually derive nutrients from wood.

    From the other "plecos" many including all 60+ species of bristlenose will appreciate some wood to shelter under and on more mature wood to rasp it for tasty things growing on it These fish have not been bred long enough for them to change diet, that would be a major undertaking. Bristlenose do best on a diet of fresh or frozen veg (anything green will do really) and once or twice a week an algae wafer. Like horses and rabbits they stay healthiest if they have continuous access to a high fiber food source.

    If youre interested, I think I got some academic papers still.

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    Quote Originally Posted by showmebutterfly View Post
    I am pretty sure you can buy them, it's just that most lfs don't stock them. The female are considered drab and therefore don't sell well with the general and uneducated public.

    yep my local doesn't stock the females either for this reason. I was specifically looking to pair mine up
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