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PostSubject: Plecos finding the food   Sat Oct 20, 2012 4:50 pm

I got a Rubber Lip Pleco, and there is very little algae in my tank. I have tried giving veggie and algae sinking tabs as well as boiled zucchini and romaine lettuce. But I dont think he ever finds the food. How can I ensure he is getting enough to eat or encourage him to find the food?

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PostSubject: Re: Plecos finding the food   Sat Oct 20, 2012 5:37 pm

Try feeding at night after lights go out. they do eat some of the uneaten food on the bottom as well as some of the natural slime build up. They also eat some algae that you can't see yet. They are more nocturnal, and I read that they prefer eating at night. I don't think you have to much to worry about yet unless it is showing signs of distress.

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PostSubject: Re: Plecos finding the food   Sat Oct 20, 2012 5:38 pm

How would a pleco show signs of distress? It seems to be more active today that usual?

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PostSubject: Re: Plecos finding the food   Sat Oct 20, 2012 6:38 pm

I have some catfish that i dont see for months, the trick that has always worked for me is to over feed the tank once a week not to much, just make sure enough food hits the substrate. Your catfish will find it even if you dont witness it.

I had the same worries in the begining as well, dont fret your pleco is a very hardy catfish, just recently i pulled out a piece of decoration from one of my tanks and left it out for 2 days and when i dropped it back in i spotted a high fin pleco swim out of it and is still doing fine to this day.

Rons post was also full of great info on plecos feeding on the slime build up and the cant see it algaes.
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PostSubject: Re: Plecos finding the food   Sun Oct 21, 2012 9:06 am

My tank is relatively new....14 days, so I was trying to supplement the algae diet.

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PostSubject: Re: Plecos finding the food   Sun Oct 21, 2012 9:45 am

@ddavis1979 wrote:
How would a pleco show signs of distress? It seems to be more active today that usual?

The best way to know if a pleco is in distress is to observe behavior. In your case, you are wondering if he is getting enough to eat. One sign that he is not would be a sunken belly. Try to observe this are when you see him up against the glass. Get a look from the side. Does the stomach seem to be pressed against the glass as if it is full? Convex, versus concave, is a good sign.

A warning sign that your pleco is starving is sunken eyes. The eyes will appear to be sunk in their sockets and will actually seem to be below the skull. This is a very bad sign. If you're not seeing any of the two warning signs above then things are fine.

Rubberlip, or bulldog as they are also called, plecos (Chaetostoma species) are not strictly vegetarians, but are really more omnivorous, so drop a good quality algae wafer, such as Omega One Veggie Rounds, every other day near where you know he hangs out. At night is a good time, as Ron says. Veggie Rounds are made with a lot of meat, so it's a mixed diet.

Rubberlips are fun to keep. They are slightly aggressive and know how to hang onto their territory. They are good at competing for food but with all those competitive mid-water swimmers in your tank, the rubberlip will be better off being fed at night.

Just for fun, here is a photo sequence of my two "fighting" in an acclimation tub.
http://cvas.forumotion.com/t500-bulldog-plecos-fighting-part-i
As you can see, they are not delicate!

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PostSubject: Re: Plecos finding the food   Sun Oct 21, 2012 10:53 am

I do have the omega one veggie rounds, thanks for all the good information.

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PostSubject: Re: Plecos finding the food   Mon Oct 22, 2012 12:40 pm

Thanks.
Just so you'll know what it looks like, here is a pleco with sunken eyes:


This is a wild-caught Ancistrus pirareta (a relative of the regular bristlenose) who was starving in the dealer's tank.
The photo was taken the day after I brought him home.

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PostSubject: Re: Plecos finding the food   Mon Oct 22, 2012 9:45 pm

WOW.... GREAT info Deb!

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PostSubject: Re: Plecos finding the food   Wed Oct 24, 2012 7:14 pm

How are the Pleco's doing? Anyy signs of eating?

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