So I've never owned a pleco before, and I have a few questions.
Every few weeks or so at the local petsmart, there's a large pleco in the plant display tanks. Not the same one, I mean a large pleco is dumped off every few weeks because of people refusing to believe they get huge rather quickly. I always feel sorry for the poor fellows, who are often so large even the plant tank that's hree times the size of other displays can barely hold him. All the large pplecos are free to good home type deals, as petsmart can hardly maintain them at that size.
I live in south florida, and as it's been pretty warm here I was entertaining the idea of adopting one of these guys for my 500+ gal koi pond. It's in full sun, so it's pretty warm, probably about 70 right now, but I expect it to get much warmer in the summer.
I was going to add well water because my koi supplier keeps his fish in liquid rock and I dont want to shock them when i bring them home, but it's so extreme I might go back to tap.
my current tap is as follows:
Hardness-soft, 75 gh
and fully cycled, so zero nitrite/nitrate/chlorine.
(the well water is PH 8.4 GH 300 and alk high [300? my sister crossed the number out, i think thats what it is though])
with current and future water params, is keeping a pleco happy and healthy probable?
At what temperature should he be removed and placed in a warmer temporary setup, if a cold snap were to occur?
the temporary setup would probably be something along the lines of a 30g tub with airstone, few plants/ hidey tubes, possible heater if needed, and algae wafers.
Any comments, tips and suggestions appreciated. I'm here to learn =)