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    Default pleco behavior. Only come out at night?


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    So my 4 inch pleco NEVER EVER comes out in the day time... He is always in the same couple spots underneath my true/stump/root thing but as soon as I turn off the light in the aquarium, he starts swimming around everywhere! Its actually quite funny. Like last night, I turned off the light and waited...it was pitch black in the house, couldnt see anything. Then after about 5 minutes, i turned the light in the aquarium on and he was swimming about the sand, sifting and feeling through it. But after about 3 seconds, he BOLTED to his spot under the root/true/stump thing!


    Is this normal behavior? Are they strictly nocturnal?

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    Plecos are nocturnal - completely normal. You should make sure you feed him at night because of this.
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    I do not feed my pleco until the room is blacked right out.
    Its the only time the Oscars let him eat!
    Agreed with above ,They are nocturnal.
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    If you want to check him out at night, maybe you could look into getting moonlights for your aquarium. They have different sizes and it makes your tank look cool at night.

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    Mines the opposite it seems, he hides all day, with the lights off in my room, but when I turn the lights on at night he comes out. Priobably because all the piranhas are hiding during the day.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pbucch
    Mines the opposite it seems, he hides all day, with the lights off in my room, but when I turn the lights on at night he comes out. Priobably because all the piranhas are hiding during the day.
    This what we are saying.Nocturnal means they come out at night!
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    If you feed during the day and not at night it will force the Pleco to come out during the day to eat.
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    Quote Originally Posted by LosC
    If you feed during the day and not at night it will force the Pleco to come out during the day to eat.
    incorrect, it will not force your pleco out during the day.
    I mainly have cichlids

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    Quote Originally Posted by johnpeezy
    incorrect, it will not force your pleco out during the day.
    It sure will, does for me and I've seen it with others as well.
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    Quote Originally Posted by LosC
    If you feed during the day and not at night it will force the Pleco to come out during the day to eat.
    I dont agree, true or not. Forcing the fish to eat at a time it does not wish to venture out of hiding, is obviously stressful and i wouldnt recommend it.

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