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Old 07-26-2005, 04:49 AM   #1
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do u need a heater for PLECO's ?? are Plecos coldwater fish?

i was wondering, do u need a heater for keeping Pleco's ??

and how big do they grow??
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they are from south america.. their tropical fish.. so yes you need a heater..
and it depends on the pleco as to how big they get.. anywere from a few inches to over a foot long...
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What kind of pleco are you asking about? And yes, Pleco's still need heaters.
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I have seen where folks keep plecos in a goldfish (coldwater) environment. That doesn't necessarily mean that it is a good idea. The cold water will stunt it's health and growth.

Foot long or bigger pleco's are not uncommon. There are dwarf varieties that get just a few inches (Albino bristlenoses for example).
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According to my Fish Encyclopedia the only coldwater plecos are Bulldog plecos(Chaetostoma spec.) and they stay pretty small too(3-5 in.)
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