How Long Does A Pleco Fish Live

How do I know if my pleco is dying?

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How big does a pleco fish Get?

As many, many aquarists have discovered, one of the big problems with the common plecos is that they get big. Really big. These guys tend to max out, in the average home aquarium, at between 12 and 24 inches, and some can get bigger. This puts the fish at a size that is far too large for average home aquariums.

How do you keep plecos alive?

Plecos like waters that are in the mid-70s. Although they can survive water temperatures that are lower or higher than this, they do best in moderate temperature. Attach an aquarium thermometer to the outside of the tank and check the temperature every few days to ensure your temperature is correct.

Why did my pleco randomly died?

Poor Nutrition Although plecos mostly eat algae, they require other food, too. Plecos are omnivores, so they need to be fed a well-rounded diet that includes both protein and vegetables. Without proper nutrition, plecos are likely to starve to death.

Do plecos sleep upside down?

Many plecos fall asleep hanging upside down on a piece of driftwood. Sometimes during their nap they let go and just fall down without waking up. So finding a pleco laying upside down is normal.

Will plecos eat fish poop?

Occasionally fish are seen chewing on fish poop, but that is because they mistake it for food. Even catfish, plecos, or shrimp do not eat fish poop. The only way to remove fish poop is to use a gravel vacuum and remove it manually.

How long can a pleco live out of water?

They can also wriggle on dry land from one water body to another in search of more favorable conditions. Plecos can live up to 30 hours outside water if they store enough oxygen in their bellies — this is why plecos are sometimes seen gulping air at the water’s surface.

What do plecos like in their tank?

Plecos require plenty of fiber. Supplement with raw zucchini, sweet potato, carrots, lettuce, spinach or cucumbers as a treat once or twice a week. Raw vegetables should be anchored near the bottom of the aquarium. Some plecos require driftwood as part of their diet, supplying them with cellulose and lignin.

How long can a pleco go without eating?

Bristlenose plecos can go 14 days without food. These bottom-dwelling fish are very hardy and can survive quite long without eating anything. However, going that long without food can result in growth stunts, stress, and illnesses. Bristlenose plecos may starve because their owners don’t feed them.

How often should plecos be fed?

While Plecos do eat detritus and algae, it will still need its diet supplemented. Feed your Pleco every day or every other day with Pleco-specific food. One to two times per week, feed your Pleco pieces of cucumber, zucchini, or lettuce (not iceberg).