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Old 02-04-2007, 03:25 PM   #1
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Clown Pleco Advice and Info WANTED

Today I got a Clown Pleco at our LFS, he is about an inch. Im not really sure if it is a he or she.... how do you tell? I know they stay small so thats why I got him to go in my 20. I have never had a pleco before, I only know they poop alot! It seems dandy. I have algae wafers, shrimp pellets, variety pellets and sinking carnivore pellets. So I think I got food covered. Any thing else I should know about these little devils? Would a betta pick on it or vice versa? I have a good lever of algae it can eat too.

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I have one, they are very timid and don't bother other fish. Mine comes out of hiding if I throw an algae wafer in. I can always see him even though he hides under the plants. Much of his feeding is from the gravel.
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Hmm, my clown is pretty active. He sucks on the side of the tank, isnt very shy at all. He is also very protective of his food, ive seen him lunge at a few fish. My Bolivian charged back one day and that ended that behavior though

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I've got a clown as well. I think he's awesome. Mine is actually not as shy as I expected. Some days I"ll see him hanging upside down on the underside of a rock, others he's sucking on the glass not bothered by any of the other fish that swim near it. He also seems to like sucking on the filter (I have a biowheel, so the part that sucks the water in). I think he likes it because algae kind of grows on it. I haven't seen mine on the driftwood at all, though I've heard they like driftwood. I've fed mine cucumber a few times as well. The first time I put a piece in (at night) it was almost all gone by morning (none of my other fish showed any interest in it, so I'm sure it was the Clown). Good luck!
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I used to have a clown pleco and he loved driftwood. He was always on it. If you can get him a piece. They do stay small so they are a good choice for smaller tanks. Also the betta should not bother him at all.
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Old 02-04-2007, 10:26 PM   #6
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Clown plecos are actually one of the wood eating plecos--so they really do need driftwood in their tank. They also like veggies as well as other foods. I'm not sure they're great algae eater though... I doubt they'll have any problems with the betta and should be great for a 20 gallon tank.
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