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Author Topic: How do I know if my pleco is eating enough?  (Read 12146 times)
secorneli
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« on: February 04, 2008, 10:37:48 AM »

I was wondering if there is a way to tell if a pleco is eating?  I put food out for her and it's gone in the morning, but that could be the other fish eating it.  I try to spy on her to see her tummy but she hides under the log so it's difficult.  She mostly comes out at night - every so often I'll see her in the day but as soon as she sees me she hides.  I've seen long poops and I am hoping they are her's but who knows? 
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« Reply #1 on: February 04, 2008, 10:53:24 AM »

Big long poops are probably hers.

Try spying on her at night with a flashlight that has a red bulb or put a thin red cloth over it. I've never done it but I hear that they won't run from the red light.
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« Reply #2 on: February 04, 2008, 11:30:08 AM »

If youre worried the only way to really know is if the pleco is too skinny.Who else is in the tank that could be making the long poops?Its probably from the pleco.
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« Reply #3 on: February 04, 2008, 11:45:08 AM »

The one time I was feeding my BN pleco too little,  I knew because he got aggressive toward the other fish at feeding time.  Pleco don't usually attack, and he was going AFTER any cory that was eating a wafer. 
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secorneli
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« Reply #4 on: February 04, 2008, 12:38:59 PM »

Okay, I feel better now.  It must be the pleco's poops as some of them are longer than the other fish! LOL  They all seem to be near the log where she hides out.

Kim, I tried spying on her with a blue light, but she saw that and swam to hide.  Will try red light next time.
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« Reply #5 on: February 05, 2008, 02:31:33 PM »

very good Gomezaddams !!! : proud
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« Reply #6 on: February 05, 2008, 07:14:16 PM »

I am definitely not worried anymore.  She turned on her poop machine!  I finally got a glimpse of her today and she had a 5 inch string of poop hanging out.  Poop everywhere near the log.  Yucko!  Hmmmm same colour as the mopani log....well, now I know what she's eating!  fish19

It figures as I just cleaned the tank today!
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« Reply #7 on: February 06, 2008, 08:41:56 AM »

I think Plecos are the elephants of the fish world.  The only way to justify the sheer quantity of poo that comes out of them is to figure that they eat a diet that is very poor in nutrition so they have to eat a LOT of it in order to sustain themselves on it.  The result is logically.... a lot of poo.  That is what elephants (most rudiments actually!) do.
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