does anything eat plec poo? do snails ,shrimp anything?! he is so messy he needs a janitor i know your gonna say (syphon the tank) but i do that 3 times a week (i just suck up poo i dont really clean the gravel if you know what i mean by that im not sure how to explane) please help to top it off i have white gravel wich makes it stand out
Plecos are disgusting fish, their poo is massive and gets tangled on everything. As far as I know there isn't anything that eats the poo and you are right, lots of syphoning is really the only way.
oh god nooooooo!! he's lucky he's cute or i would sell him so fast... but i love my little mooky... thx for the reply
I think plecos are awesome looking but to me they are nothing but a waste. They take up too much space with their bioload and they are just nasty -even worse than goldies.
I know your love of plego, they are awesome but heavy on the dirt department. No fish, shrimp, cory or snails eat poo. They may move it around and break it in smaller part so your filter can pick it up but, your stuck with just doing more waterchanges and perhaps if you can use sand suction thingamagingi to keep your sand clean while doing waterchanges (yes a woman we call many things , thingis)
Some bacteria eat excrement, and an aquarium syphon with a large diameter pickup tube will remove waste materials from the substrate. A bucket of used aquarium water adds fertilizer to the soil around plants and trees, so aquarium water can thus be recycled.
bummer, after reading all these remarks on Pleco's, i think i will stick with the one Gold Nugget i bought. I was going to get one for each tank, but have changed my mind now.
Are cory's clean? Angelfish and raspora's?
This is all i want in my tanks.
...im gonna get some plants and sycronis the watering time with water change time
Cory cats are interesting critters and compatible with most tropical species. Since they originate in the Amazon basin, they prefer soft, warm water. If you want a sucker mouth fish that eats algae and doesn't grow much beyond three inches, try bristlenose plecos.
At the same time, remember each fish adds to the biological load on the aquarium, and none of the cleaner species is likely clean the aquarium as thoroughly as an aquarist.
Angelfish are usually sold as juveniles; within a year, they will be large and aggressive. Some of the fast swimming species may be tempted to nip angelfish fins, and angelfish are always tempted to prey on smaller fish.
Hello Johnarthur, do you think my angels are in danger because the gold nugget will get so big?
One more question about my angels. Although they are the size of a 50 cent piece, some of them anyway, they are already beginning to spat. I have 3 in a 36 gallon with two happy peppered cory. My smallest angel is now getting head butted by the other two. She/he just takes it and leaves. It's hard to watch.
The 55 gallon has 5 angels, they are now picking on one, who spends much of the day getting out of their way.
My 90 gallon tank is not up and running, but when it is, i am going to put so many obstacles, i hope to keep them entertained doing other things! (although the other tanks has things to do, they just aren't big enough) i think the fish get bored.
Can i ask how many angels you have at this time?
I have learned a lot from your posts and still have much to learn about my favorites, these angels.
The common pleco and its variations pose a danger to angelfish, because they are nocturnal. This means plecos often miss food, so they compensate by sucking the protective slime coat off sleeping tankmates. One way to discourage such behaviors is to feed a sinking pellet about 30 minutes after lights out.
The head butting and aggressive behavior are often part of angelfish mating rituals but are also just part or normal angelfish behavior. Siblings tend to get along without much aggression until they decide to spawn.
A trick that sometimes works is to remove the aggressive fish for a few days, rearrange the aquarium decorations, then return the fish. The bad guy then thinks he is the new kid on the block and is thus less aggressive. The trick has been known to work for a long time, a short time or not at all. It has worked pretty well in my aquariums.
For more about angelfish, please click this link:
The profile has a couple more links covering gender determination and spawning.
How many angelfish am I keeping? I'm not sure, but counting the two batches now growing out, plus the adult angelfish, it probably amounts to more than 100.
Would you take pictures of your tanks and some of the fish to post here? I would absolutely love to see them. What colors, sizes, little tiny babies etc.
I will end up with approximately 9 angels in 3 tanks. 90, 55 and 36. (plus a 10 gallon for newcomers)
About my beautiful gold nugget pleco. I don't know what to do at this point.
He does get a nugget after all lights out. Since he is 3 inches or so, is one nugget enough?