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PostPosted: Tue Nov 30, 2010 12:32 am 
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Hey everyone, quick question.

I have had a pleco since he/it was like 2 inches long in a 29 gallon tank. Now 3 years later suffice to say, it is WAY to big for the tank. I am having major water quality issues and am going through filters left and right. There is no way I can deny that the 29 gallon with it alone is overstocked without including the 4 corys, very large angel fish and 2 black skirts that are in the tank with it.

The issue with my story is, the fish is my girlfriends and she will NOT let me adopt it out to anyone. How big of a tank do I need to keep this thing in? To give you an idea of how big it is now, my 29 is a tall not long. If it's nose is touching the front of the tank, its tail touches the back of the tank and actually curls about an extra inch.

Sooo we are trying to figure out how big of a tank to put it in. I figure it is like what 2 gallons per inch that it is? Or is there a better figure I can use? We have a line on a 55 gallon tank I believe it is for REAL cheap. Other then that, it probably will get adopted out. We are broker then a 3 legged dog and can not afford anything any bigger right now. I do have an empty 29 gallon that is sitting idle but I still think it is too small even in the tank by it self. ANy suggestions other than the inevitable adoption word?

Thanks for reading this and happy holidays to all!

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What kind of pleco do you have? Some pleco requires more space than others. If yours looks like this then you will need minimum of 70gal.

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It's most likely a common pleco. I have had them get as big as 13 inches. They also need a larger tank 75 gallons or bigger.

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Agreed, my brother had one grow to 18 inches in a 75 gallon, but it was 15 inches or so when he got it. A 55 would really only be a temporary solution. Plus it sounds like you'd need to invest in some good filtration.


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Yeah I believe it is just a common. I'll see if I can get a decent pic of it and upload it. The filtration I thought would be ok for a 29 gal tank. I got a penguin 350 running in it. I have been running it for 3 years an for the first 2 years water clarity and parameters were great. I have not changed any water changing habits besides doing it more often now then I used to.

I do believe I am going to try as hard as I can to get her to let me adopt it out to a good home.

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I often have people come in to exchange their GIANT pleco for a much smaller one. Many LFS will let you do this.

Good Luck, the common pleco can grow to be 2 feet long before it dies!

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Oh yeah there is no way I can keep it that long. It will get traded in or adopted out way before that happens. I can not afford a big enough tank to keep it in. I would hope that if they traded me for a smaller one I could get a little credit for a another fish or two. I went to a LFS the other day and for a pleco 8 inches long they were getting 15$ for it. They had one that was in the 11-12 inch category that was going for like $20.

But as stated I will get rid of it soon I am sure. I hate to see it get sick and die due to my empty pockets. I would rather it be in a good home and be taken care of like it should be. :wink:

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That's the right attitude to have. There are pleco's that don't get very big. I am not a pleco expert so other than the most expensive one I am not sure which ones... but there are those who do ;)


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Many types of plecos, of many sizes and water requirements.
what kind are you looking for?
How much you wanna spend?

Hypancistrus, Ancistrus and Peckoltia are perfect for that size tank, I'm sure that there are ones that have some interesting features that would look very nice to the both of you.

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This is one I had in with my Frontosa Scobiancistrus typeImageIt had a large sucker mouth !ImageThese are some of the Frontosa they were in withImageThe plec cost a small fortune but was worth it just to look at.


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Yes, the L14 is pretty much considered the most beautiful pleco out there.
A bit big for a 29, but you can start one out in that tank, but will eventually need a 100/125.

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Gold Nugget Pleco is a nice one i think. 50 gal tank is good enough for them.

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yeah the L85 gold nugget is a nice pleco, it is just more demanding water quality wise than most other plecos, so though it looks nice, because of its relative fragility i rarely suggest it.

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That one was about 11 inches at that time.


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Those are some nice Zaire dscorcoran


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