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    I have read stories from certain people and places that plecos tend to grow big and grow fast. How true is this ??

    The reason I ask is because I have had a pleco now for over one year and he doesn't seem to have grown at all.

    Here's a photo of him....he's about 4 inches long.

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    it is true pleco grow fast depending on what diet you give them,more fatty foods eg tubifex, oily pellets and meat such as prawns increase there growth rate,flakes algea wafers and vegtables eg cucumber will keep them at a slow but manageable growth rate.my pleco is now 12-14 inches long
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    I can't tell a pleco hardly from some of the other catfish species. They look very much the same in some ways. I have featherfins that will top out at maybe 8 inches........close to 6 now.......but there are so many different species of catfish. Is yours a common pleco? I don't know what their growth rate is per year.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lady Hobbs
    I can't tell a pleco hardly from some of the other catfish species. They look very much the same in some ways. I have featherfins that will top out at maybe 8 inches........close to 6 now.......but there are so many different species of catfish. Is yours a common pleco? I don't know what their growth rate is per year.
    I'm not sure kind of pleco it is....I posted the photo in this thread in the hope that somebody here could tell me
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    Angelcakes has it all sorted, i dont feed my pleco i just let it eat the green slime off the glass and it gets the odd flak that the other fish dont eat, a big pleco needs a big tank and thay sure get moody when thay are 1ft+ can be tank smashers! Looks like a sailfin pleco to me
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    Quote Originally Posted by Billythefish
    Angelcakes has it all sorted, i dont feed my pleco i just let it eat the green slime off the glass and it gets the odd flak that the other fish dont eat, a big pleco needs a big tank and thay sure get moody when thay are 1ft+ can be tank smashers! Looks like a sailfin pleco to me
    they need for a large pleco a good sized tank 6-8 ft is best.......i agree , sail fin if this is the case then these dont grow as big as a common pleco.these will grow to about 12 inches and then there abouts stop growing,
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    Wow that a nice looking fish. It looks a lot bigger than four inches in the picture. How big is you bass since it hasn't eaten you pleco?

    (I'm not saying he will eat him but a bass will eat anything that he can fit in his mouth, sorta like a catfish)
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    Thanks for all your answer and help.


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    Wow that a nice looking fish. It looks a lot bigger than four inches in the picture. How big is you bass since it hasn't eaten you pleco?

    (I'm not saying he will eat him but a bass will eat anything that he can fit in his mouth, sorta like a catfish)

    Thanks. That photo was a very close up shot.
    My bass is around 11 ~ 12 inches and they both get on really well, I think that's because the pleco was in the tank before the bass. I would say that my pleco would be able to fit in my bass's mouth (just), but he seems to have no intention to eat my pleco.
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    Its a nice pleco...my guess is that its a common pleco and if that is the case then they tend to grow really big
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    Thanks, so if it is a common pleco, how come it hasn't grown in the last 12 months ??

    What is the growth rate for a common pleco....??
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