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Old 08-27-2013, 10:29 PM   #1
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New here, saying hello

I've trolled to forums for some time now and finally joined.

We started our love for the hobby with a 10 gallon tank and a gold fish. We soon grew out of that and set up a 55 gallon that is now the home to 5 goldfish. We enjoyed watching the peaceful and relaxing display of them we thought it was time to set up another tank. We found a nice 55 gallon tall tank. This tank is our new adventure, we've set it up to be used as a community tank. It houses 3 dalmatian mollies, a balloon butterfly lyretail molly, a gold dust molly, 10 neon tetras, a male swordtail (we also had a female swordtail but we lost her tonight) and a common pleco. The 10 gallon is now our nursery, our dalmatian molly had 14 fry 12 days ago.

Other then that, just wanted to say hi.

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Old 08-27-2013, 10:50 PM   #2
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Hi and welcome to AA. The common pleco reaches 24" when full grown and create a bigger mess than they clean up. When he gets gets big, he won't be to happy in a 50 tall. I would look to give him to a koi pond or back to the store.

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Old 08-28-2013, 01:51 PM   #3
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I realize I'm going to need to find a new home for "Rocky" the pleco. We've had him for about a month and has already put on about 2", I wish I knew what type he is so I can get an idea of how big he'll get. But my son loves him and he has a home with us until that time comes. Maybe I can talk the wife into a 200 gallon in the near future.
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Old 08-28-2013, 05:19 PM   #4
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Hi, welcome to the forum!

We've all been in the position of having to make an unhappy decision with a fish at some time. Sometimes its because of incompatability with tankmates, and more commonly its because we end up with a fish that requires more space/specialized care than we can give it. I had to give up my common pleco when s/he was a foot long because she was being bullied by a smaller aggressive pleco (a gibbiceps). She jumped out of the tank (175g) so I took her to the lfs. Very sad day. I felt so guilty!! The guy had a friend with an 8ft tank with no other pleco who was happy to take her, so she was going to be better off. I had only had her for about 18 months, but I was still quite attached!
Hopefully yours isn't a common pleco, but is a smaller species such as a bristlenose.
Good luck
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