Common Pleco stuff

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I just read in the article here that they can live to be 20 years old. I have one that is almost 17. He's in the planted tank at the shop but he grew up with Discus and was a good boy. He never sucked on their sides. I've always wondered how long he might live.
 

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My common pleco sucked onto another smaller common pleco and killed it :(. That was a few years ago. Now he is in my top 40 gallon tank with my electric blue haps and a rhino pleco.
 

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One of these days you will either have to buy a much larger tank or find him a new home. They get HUGE.
 

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I am planning on getting a 125 for the electric blue haps. I will probably move him into the 125. I have had him for a few years, but he isn't super large because I had him in an unheated tank until a few months ago.
 

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You have time...The commons are tough as nails, aren't they? Mine has moved from my old house, to a house in another State, to the LFS for safe keeping, back to my old house, then to my new house, and finally to the shop. He may have to move back to the house if things go according to my plan.
 

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The only common I ever had (before I knew they got so big) died soon after I got it.
 

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It may have picked up a bug at the pet shop. It's hard to tell when a pleco is sick.
 

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Yeah, that was probably it. It was odd. Though tbh I was a dumb fishkeeper back then so I'm not surprised.
 

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It is hard to find used 125s around here. Most of the ones I see are overpriced. I am going to be getting a 75 gallon at the petco dollar per gallon sale instead. Maybe I should keep just the plecos in the 40 when I move the haps into the 75 to keep the tank cycled. Is that a good idea?
 

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I know, I was just asking if it was a good idea to keep the plecos in the 40 by themselves when I move the haps to the 75, or to move the plecos into the 75 with them.
 

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What size are they right now?
I have had the common pleco for a few years, but I kept him in cold water so he only started to grow a lot recently. He is about 6 inches and the smaller pleco is about 4 inches. The only reason I would keep them in the 40 would be to keep it cycled since I plan to use it for some other fish, just not right now. Otherwise, I woould move them into the 75 I am planning on getting in the next few days.
 

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It will be fine until I have the stock tank pond setup. Go look at my baby goldfish and koi photo thread, I meantioned the stock tank pond there.
 

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I have never seen the advantage of a pleco in any tank. Other than if someone just likes a big pre-historic looking fish that craps lots of ropes, and never eats any algae much after they get bigger.
 

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Yeah, that's the thing, there is no advantage. They actually create more waste than they consume!!!
 

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When i first started keeping fish in the stone age, i had a pleco, like most new hobbyist and even some swear by the bristlenose which i think are ugly, but anyway i quickly learned that when they are small they eat algae, as they get bigger they eat what your other fish eat, and crap ropes. Uggghhh end of pleco's in my tanks. There are much better algae controllers.
 

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I think there is only like one species that deliberately eats the GREEN algae in your tank. Some eat Brown and Yellow, some don't even eat any.
 

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I keep them because I like them :D
Not saying you shouldn't Carp, to each his own, and because you like them is a fantastic reason, and the only really good reason for anyone's decision of what to keep or not to keep. I have always done it my way, and will most likely continue. :)
 

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I was originally going to get some Pirahnas :) but they're illegal in Louisiana... :( They're a really interesting species that gains courage through schooling. I decided to aim for something else though.
 

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i did keep a Royal and a Gold Nugget for awhile but just because i liked their look, not because of any illusion of a super lawn mower.
 

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I was originally going to get some Pirahnas :) but they're illegal in Louisiana... :( They're a really interesting species that gains courage through schooling. I decided to aim for something else though.
Piranhas are illegal here too :(
 

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I think it's funny that you use arrows with shotgun shells on the end of them for hunting in Louisiana but can't own a Red Fox lmaooo
 

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That would work, a good one size fits all thread LOL

You staff members will need to get this squared away, pretty soon this site will be so busy you wont be able to keep up, then you could do like Facebook and have one never ending thread about everything. That way you can never find anything LMAO

I hate Facebook Groups.
 
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