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 Post subject: Rhino Pleco in Mpimbwe tank at ph 9.18?
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A 7-9" Rhino pleco came up for sale and I'm wondering if i would be ok in a Mpimbwe tank at ph 9.18?

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Pleco's originally came from South America where the ph is low 6.5 - 7, although I've kept them in 7.6 to 7.8ph. 9.18 is pretty high for them.


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Pleco's originally came from South America where the ph is low 6.5 - 7, although I've kept them in 7.6 to 7.8ph. 9.18 is pretty high for them.


I know thats why I was asking... I know they are adaptable, but how adaptable and has anyone done it long term? Don't want to shorten the life expectancy. I have BN's in my some of my non front tanks and they breed, so I expect they should be fine. Just wnat confirmation.

I can't lower the ph as thats what my well water is and I have a drip water change system.

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WOW you get ph of 9.18 out of your well. Mine is 8.0 to 8.2 from the city. If I were you I would pm TR6 or Stass about this. They know a lot more about plecos than I do.

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Holy cow thats really high PH.

Anyways have you do some research on that specific pleco? If not I do that first.


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Yeah I did some research on the Pleco. Spencer Jack had even sugested it would posibly be on of the few choices for may tank as they are very hearty and adaptable. They are also well armoured.

Biggest issue is ensure this pleco gets enough vegie in its diet and they are lazy feeders and not recomeneded for like in mbuma or they starve. Other then that should be ok. gets to about 12" max.

Unfortuatly the guy called me and said can you just pickup the pleco? His 120 started to leak :( so I picked it up on Friday evening, was just hoping someone knew more before I picked it up... Did some googling, but real world experience...... more valueable.

It's about 7-8" and seasm to like cleaning the tank so far, eating alage of fthe back of the tank already. Also feeding spirulina tablets to it and it gobles them up... also gets some of the nls.

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P. scrophus can do fine at ph of 6-8.
9.18 is pretty high, though these types of plecos are very adaptable.


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Thanks, I'll keep an eye on it and if I see any signs of problems I'll find it a new home.

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He seams to be doing just fine... in face he seams pretty active and is actually working at cleaning the back of the tank even though I see it getting the spirulina tablets I drop in for it. It also likes the NLS 3mm.

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The Rhino pleco is doing very well still but I noticed it is getting bossy. Might have to either remove it ore put it in another tank. I think it might be interrupting spawns also.

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Now I see why you want my fry Bruce! :lol:


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Now I see why you want my fry Bruce! :lol:


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Yeah it would be nice to have more F1 Mpimbwe to expand my colony. Also would like a WC male to replace all males. As an alternative, I'd grow out a bunch of F1 Mpimbwe fry and wait till they can be sexed and use the 2 best males for my existing 5 females and use a male from my existing group for the females of the fry group... Would give me 2 nice colonies and ensure genetic diversity.

But it looks like the pleco has to go...

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That's a shame about the Pleco, how about a pic before you wish him a bon voyage?


I have seen some WC Mpimbwe come into the US this month at some good prices. Maybe something came into Canada too? I am definitely tempted to shuffle some funds and try to get some more WC myself, but I have so many new tanks/species planned for this spring that the deal would pretty much have to walk/swim up to my house for me to jump. Tank space I have, funds... bleh.


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I'll get a pic if I can it hides a fair bit... Last night it was chasing down one of the smaller females in the Mpimbwe tank :(

I'm sad its not working out, but thats life. Its a very kewl looking armored pleco.

I might put it in another tank and see what happens there.

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