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PostPosted: Tue Dec 09, 2008 11:44 pm Post subject: Pleco nibbling at Black Moor Reply with quote

 Hi,
 I  have  a  big  problem  with  my  Plecos.  The  first  Pleco  I  bought  has  grown  big  and  started  nibbling  and  almost  swallowing  the  little  black  moor  in  my  tank.  So  I  had  the  pleco  shifted  to  another  tank  all  on  it's  own.  Now,  I  bought  a  smaller  pleco  and  overnight,  my  black  moor's  tail  fin  is  again  painfully  damaged.  I  have  shifted  the  small  pleco  to  a  bottle  now.  I  am  wondering  if  I  can  put  this  small  pleco  alongwith  the  BIG  pleco  ?  will  the  bigger  pleco  eat  up  the  small  pleco  ?  I  am  also  thinking  of  releasing  the  big  pleco  into  the  well  in  my  backyard  where  it  can  grown  freely.  Are  all  plecos  like  this  ?  nibbling  at  the  innocent  black  moor..poor  guy  took  a  whole  month  to  grown  his  tail  fins  and  now  its  gone  again.  Please  give  me  some  suggestions  !
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 09, 2008 11:53 pm Post subject: Re: Pleco nibbling at Black Moor Reply with quote

 Plecos  do  eat  small  fish...
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 09, 2008 11:55 pm Post subject: Re: Pleco nibbling at Black Moor Reply with quote

 Big  or  small  means  how  much  big  or  small?  give  some  measure.  as  much  as  i  know  plecos  dont  eat  up  their  own  kind..  but  if  its  length  ratio  crosses  5:1  its  not  a  good  idea..release  the  small  one  with  the  big  one  and  observe  its  attitude  for  a  few  days..  if  u  see  the  big  one  is  not  much  bothered  then  they  should  get  along  ..
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 10, 2008 7:49 am Post subject: Re: Pleco nibbling at Black Moor Reply with quote

 Plecos  suck  the  slime  of  other  fish  if  they  are  not  fed  well.  All  you  need  to  do  is  ensure  he  gets  well  fed.  Make  sure  some  of  the  food  you  drop  in  reaches  the  bottom.  Also  try  feeding  vegetables  (potatoes,cucumbers).  Plecos  love  veggies.
 
 They  are  completely  herbivores  except  maybe  a  live  worm  here  or  there.  I  personally  havent  experienced  a  Pleco  eating  any  other  fish  and  I  have  been  keeping  them  for  years.
 
 Please  don  keep  a  Pleco  in  a  bottle.  They  can  grow  quite  large.
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 10, 2008 10:36 am Post subject: Re: Pleco nibbling at Black Moor Reply with quote

 A  big  to  mid  size  pleco  has  quiet  a  vociferous  diet.  They  need  to  be  fed  well  with  sinking  food,  blanched  cucumbers  or  other  such  vegetables  are  good  food  for  them.
 When  they  go  hungry  they  try  to  feed  on  slime  on  body  of  other  fish,  slow  moving  moor  or  other  fancy  goldfish  are  quiet  vulnerable.
 Feed  it  well  and  problem  should  not  occur
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 10, 2008 11:02 am Post subject: Re: Pleco nibbling at Black Moor Reply with quote

 And  you  neednt  get  alarmed  if  they  dont  take  to  the  veggies  quickly.  Mine  still  dont  really  fancy  them  (quite  irritating  I  must  say).  They  prefer  sinking  pellets.
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 10, 2008 12:09 pm Post subject: Re: Pleco nibbling at Black Moor Reply with quote

                                                   
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Plecos  do  eat  small  fish...                

 I  don't  think  so.  My  malawi  tank  have  tiny  fries  to  juveniles  to  adult  Malawians  and  there  are  three  plecos.  The  largest  one  is  a  foot  long  and  he  never  touches  any  of  them.  However,  when  I  dropped  him  in  another  tank  (which  was  mightily  infested  with  algae  and  diatom),  he  did  catch  a  N.  brichardi  and  suck  on  it.  Take  a  note  that  there  was  lots  of  algae  left  to  graze  on  in  that  tank.
 I  could  not  figure  it  out  and  I  think  its  a  psychological  thing,  if  they  find  a  fish  helpless,  slow  and  less  aggressive,  they  take  their  chances.  In  the  malawi  tank,  the  same  pleco  is  a  tank  bitch   ROFL  and  he  gets  pushed  around  by  all  the  fishes.
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 10, 2008 12:34 pm Post subject: Re: Pleco nibbling at Black Moor Reply with quote

 A  pleco  will  suck  on  slime  coat  of  fishes,  in  this  pocess  it  might  hurt  the  fish,  I  don't  think  they  kill  &  eat  fishes.  However  if  a  fish  is  already  dead,  a  lot  of   fishes  might  eat  them.
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 10, 2008 2:27 pm Post subject: Re: Pleco nibbling at Black Moor Reply with quote

 That  is  true,  but  it  does  not  try  the  slime  of  any  malawians.....  Although  the  tanganyikan  tank  of  mine  had  a  lot  of  algae,  it  still  tried  to  snack  on  the  n.brichardi.  They  are  shrewd  fishes  and  they  understand  where  to  get  its  slime  from.
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 11, 2008 6:34 pm Post subject: Re: Pleco nibbling at Black Moor Reply with quote

                                                   
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Hi,
 I  have  a  big  problem  with  my  Plecos.  The  first  Pleco  I  bought  has  grown  big  and  started  nibbling  and  almost  swallowing  the  little  black  moor  in  my  tank.  So  I  had  the  pleco  shifted  to  another  tank  all  on  it's  own.  Now,  I  bought  a  smaller  pleco  and  overnight,  my  black  moor's  tail  fin  is  again  painfully  damaged.  I  have  shifted  the  small  pleco  to  a  bottle  now.  I  am  wondering  if  I  can  put  this  small  pleco  alongwith  the  BIG  pleco  ?  will  the  bigger  pleco  eat  up  the  small  pleco  ?  I  am  also  thinking  of  releasing  the  big  pleco  into  the  well  in  my  backyard  where  it  can  grown  freely.  Are  all  plecos  like  this  ?  nibbling  at  the  innocent  black  moor..poor  guy  took  a  whole  month  to  grown  his  tail  fins  and  now  its  gone  again.  Please  give  me  some  suggestions  !                

 But  why  do  you  want  to  keep  Pleco  with  Black  Moor  again  after  experiencing  the  tragedy  ?
 Release  (don't  throw)  both  plecos  into  your  well  and  let  the  poor  black  moor  live  peacefully.
 
 Must  say  Plecos  are  creating  havoc  on  IAH  lately.  Chuckle
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