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  1. #1

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    About 6 weeks ago I purchased 8 Blue Eyed Lemon Bushy Nose Plecostomus fry. They were tiny. Less than a quarter inch long and not much thicker than a spaghetti noodle. Since they were so tiny, I wrapped the intake of the filter with batting so they wouldn't get sucked in. I lost one in the first week, and then two weeks later I could only find 6 in the tank. I removed everything looking for them, but couldn't find them anywhere. I concluded that I must have accidentally sucked them up while vacuuming the tank. I felt bad, but I learned a lesson.

    Twice a week while changing water, I pull the biomax and the batting out of the filter, replace the batting and rinse the biomax. I also would pull the intake tube and change the pre-filter batting. (I always pulled the tube first and as a result the filter didn't drain while I was changing the water in the tank. But, I never took the filter off the tank, I would just reach over the tank to get the contents.

    Last Saturday while doing my normal maintenance, I realized that I no longer need the pre-filter, the Plecos are plenty large enough, that they can not get into the intake tube through the slots in the end piece, so I removed the pre-filter and left the slotted end piece on the tube.

    Last night while doing my normal routine water change, I didn't take the intake tube out, as I no longer need to change a pre-filter on the end and as a result the filter "basket" drained. While I had the biomax and the floss out to be rinsed, I heard noise coming from the filter, and my first thought was, "Crap. I forgot to unplug the filter." But it was unplugged and not running, but the noise kept happening. So, I pulled the filter off and low and behold there in the bottom of the filter was a Pleco! A rather LARGE Pleco. I dumped it into the tank before I thought to get a photo of it in the bottom of the filter. It is at least 25% larger than its siblings, much too large to have gotten through the slots in the intake, and after a quick count, I most certainly am back up to 7 Plecos. So that pleco has been living in the filter for weeks! He must have burrowed through the floss and gotten sucked in.

    The only thing I don't know is if it was the first or the second to go missing... I think the only reason I didn't find it sooner is that because I was taking the intake tube off, water was staying in the filter, and therefor it couldn't make any noise that would hear. I am just glad I never smashed it putting new floss and biomax back into the filter!
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    Nice find, I had pretty much the exact same experience with my albino BNP, but he had to have entered via the waterfall, impossible for anything to get sucked into my filters with the PF's I use.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Slaphppy7 View Post
    Nice find, I had pretty much the exact same experience with my albino BNP, but he had to have entered via the waterfall, impossible for anything to get sucked into my filters with the PF's I use.

    How often do you clean the filter?
    I rinse the media and change the batting every time I do a water change (twice per week for this tank), but it is in a bag, so I just pull it out and rinse it off. Since I was using a Pre-filter, gunk was not getting into the filter, so there was no need to rinse it out weekly. Had I ever noticed a bunch of gunk on the media bag, I would have probably cleaned it out, but there was never gunk on the media (due to the pre-filter) so there was no need to rinse out the filter. Now that I don't have a pre-filter on it, I'll be rinsing it out more often (I do my other HOB filters twice per month and my canister once per month).
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    I'm so glad you finally found your pleco. It sounds like he was having a banquet on the "gunk" in the filter. maybe that is why he is bigger than the others now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Silbar View Post
    I'm so glad you finally found your pleco. It sounds like he was having a banquet on the "gunk" in the filter. maybe that is why he is bigger than the others now.
    The pre-filter should have been getting most of the gunk, and there wasn't much in there to rinse out, but yeah, obviously he was finding enough to eat in there! Maybe this is why I wasn't finding any gunk on the media bag over the last several weeks.
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    Congrats on finding -- and rescuing -- this pleco! Wonderful news that he has grown so and is healthy!

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    Quote Originally Posted by PaulPerger View Post
    The pre-filter should have been getting most of the gunk, and there wasn't much in there to rinse out, but yeah, obviously he was finding enough to eat in there! Maybe this is why I wasn't finding any gunk on the media bag over the last several weeks.
    It was eating aufwuchs or biocover (strings of algae) that develops on your media bag.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PaulPerger View Post
    The pre-filter should have been getting most of the gunk, and there wasn't much in there to rinse out, but yeah, obviously he was finding enough to eat in there! Maybe this is why I wasn't finding any gunk on the media bag over the last several weeks.
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    So when are "aufwuchs" sinking pellets going to be available?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Slaphppy7 View Post
    So when are "aufwuchs" sinking pellets going to be available?


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