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    I have a question about pleco behavior that seams off to me

    I have two BN plecos in my 55 gallon. There still really young, both about 1.5 to 2” long. One of them loves his veggies and eats the wafers and pellets I put in the tank for him. I rarely see him eating algae. The second pleco is the opposite, I seldom see him eating the food I put in the tank and he rarely eats any of the veggies either. The second pleco is always cleaning the tank and eating algae.

    Both seam active and look healthy.

    I’m worried about the second pleco not getting a balanced enough diet. I can’t see any signs of disease in him or any type of injury


    Is this normal ???


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    Its very normal.I wouldn't worry that much right now.I think it will eat food and the other will have some algae when they are ready.
    Are you sure it doesn't eat any food at night? Thats the best time to feed a pleco.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Northernguy
    Its very normal.I wouldn't worry that much right now.I think it will eat food and the other will have some algae when they are ready.
    Are you sure it doesn't eat any food at night? Thats the best time to feed a pleco.

    He could be eating at night. I usally put the food in about 10 minutes before lights out. As it's hitting the bottom of the tank, the first little guy is starting to eat it. I got up in the middle of the night a few times with a flash light but only seen the first pleco eating. The second guy could just be wating for me to leave before eating.

    I could be worrying over nothing.
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    You may be worrying for nothing.
    You should be able to see the difference by comparing the two.
    Watch it for a sunken stomach.Its a good way to tell if its eating or not.
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    I've seen no signs of a sunken stomach.

    I'll keep an eye on him

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    I have a BN Pleco about the size of yours. He hangs out on his driftwood or scoots over the glass. I've tried feeding him zucchini, cucumber, lettuce, and broccoli. He's eaten cucumber once, and today he's wiggling around the broccoli but he hasn't removed any visible amount. I worry about him eating enough, but he's a champion pooper, so I guess he's doing okay.

    I think BN Plecos have a personal diet that varies a lot from fish to fish. I've seen a lot of different people talking about how their BN eats one thing but totally ignores another, even if it's something supposedly popular with them.
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    Thanks Brhino

    I'm starting to see what your mean. I never ran into this before so it had me a little concerned.
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    They should be fine.
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    Bellies are a great indicator of pleco eating habits. Any catfish for that matter. Most catfish should have plump bellies. If its skinny or sunked, not eating, if hes a tubby-tub, your good.
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    sunked? what is sunked?

    sunken.....
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