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Un-Hungry Common Pleco

PostPosted: Thu Oct 04, 2018 3:17 am
by PVT-Kanaka
Aloha All,

Been a bit of a spectator of late...Sorry, and I hope all had a great summer!

To the point, our daughter's 6" long common "pleco," "Plekster," doesn't seem to be eating. We introduced "him" to her 29 gal hardscape tank early August. The tank has a large piece of driftwood as a centerpiece and "bolt hole," several small river stones, and fine, light colored gravel. Plekster had been nibbling blanched zucchini, but seems to have lost interest. Over the last couple weeks, we've tried Tetra's "PlecoWafers" and Hikari's "Sinking Wafers." We also tried re-saturated freeze-dried tubifex, and tonight we are trying frozen bloodworms. I know this fellow is right at that size when "plecos" seem to lose interest in things algae and look for heartier fare, so I thought the worms might do the trick. I have had several common plecos over the years that seem to go at about the 6-8 year point, when they are about this size, and I have always wondered if I mismanaged their diet. We've taken to placing the food in a small bowl to see what is left in the morning and to make it easier to remove leftovers.

Plekster does not seem to be getting slimmer, but he has a strange habit of sticking to the glass with his snout just out of the water. There are no other visible symptoms (cuts, slime, clamped fins, dots, splotches, etc.). The tank gets a 90% water change every two weeks, so the water is fine. I am hoping I am just beign a worrywort.

As ever, I am open to suggestions!


Re: Un-Hungry Common Pleco

PostPosted: Fri Oct 12, 2018 3:39 am
by PVT-Kanaka
An unfortunate update...We could not get this guy to eat, and he seems to have starved to death.

Re: Un-Hungry Common Pleco

PostPosted: Wed Oct 24, 2018 6:58 am
by ScottFish
Sorry to hear. Very frustrating.

Re: Un-Hungry Common Pleco

PostPosted: Thu Oct 25, 2018 1:05 am
by PVT-Kanaka
Thanks, ScotFish. Oldest Daughter took it pretty hard, as she set the tank up specifically for "him."