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Old 06-11-2004, 07:04 AM   #1
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How fast plecs grow

Hey does ne1 no roughly how fast common plecs grow? I know its based on food, parents etc but does anyone have a vague idea of x inches per year? It's just I'm poor at the mo, but want to upgrade from a 20 gallon tank to a 400 litre (over 100gallon) one. Its just I have to wait till after my exam results, and if I mess them up, I want to know how much time I have before he gets too big! He seems about 3.5" from head to tail tip. Thanx
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I can't tell you how fast they grow other than IMO they grow kinda slow.
The common Plec's that we've had were aprox 2-3" when we got'em and in the course of about a year reached maybe 6-7".
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I went searching and found a rather nice little site about Plec's and others in its family, http://www.plecos.com/art_robert_fenner.php .
I didn't see anything about growth rates but it'll answer just about any other questions you may have about your plecostomus.
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Like you said, a lot depends on feeding. I had a pair of commons in my pond go from 3 to 6-8 inches over the course of a summer.
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They may grow a few inches their first couple of years, but after that, they slow down. My pleco has been around for 3+ years and is 7-8".
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