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Plecos and Algae Wafers- how often?

How often do you give your plecos a wafer?
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I gave mine one once maybe twice a week just to be sure he still did his job.

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What kind of pleco, how large and how large is the tank? Any other algae eaters in the tank? Does it have a lot of algae growing? Also most algae eating plecos like zucchini, shelled peas or canned french style beans, so it does not always have to be an algae wafer.
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I feed my plecos daily, with a mix of spirulina wafers, shrimp pellets, earthworm sticks, and blanched zucchini.

Tank grown algae should be more of a snack then their main diet.
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What kind of pleco, how large and how large is the tank? Any other algae eaters in the tank? Does it have a lot of algae growing? Also most algae eating plecos like zucchini, shelled peas or canned french style beans, so it does not always have to be an algae wafer.
I have a albino bristle nose in a 20 gallon and a whiptail catfish in a 26 gallon. The 20 gallon with the BN doesn't have alot of algae and 26 gallon with the whiptail has plenty of green hair and green spot algae.
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I doubt the whiptail will eat green spot algae. I don't know of any pleco beside the rubberlip that does. So if I were you I would feed both plecos at least every other day with an algae wafer or some other fresh, canned or frozen vegetable. BNs will also eat carnivore and omnivore wafers but should not get too much of either of those just now and then as a treat or to get them into spawning condition.
Do you have some real driftwood in the tank with your BN? They are supposed to need it for digestion and will much on the wood.
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Yeah, I have quite a bit of driftwood in her tank. I've been giving her a wafer about every 3 days but wanted to see if that was too little or too much. My sister has a regular pleco in her 10 gallon tank that she's had for years and she has never given it a wafer (or veggies), kind of interesting... maybe she overfeeds on the flakes and that has been able to sustain it.
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A common pleco in a 10 gal tank is not good. They should get large, 12" and larger. I would imagine her pleco is stunted. And not just because it does not get enough food but also because the tank is way too little for a common pleco, which should be housed in a 55 gal and up. So please do not treat your fish the same way.
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I feed my BN's a wafer everyday, and veggies/bloodworms as treats. There should always be some driftwood as a source of fibre.

But for my 6" L168, i noticed it stops eating at that size and just sits there in the same spot all day and ignores food and veggies. I think its too fat to hold its own weight against the glass.

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Flip9 can you post a pic. I'd love to see him.

We have a new pleco and an otto and to corries and so i'm glad to see this post. Do cories also like algea wafers?

We usually brak a wafer in half and add part on each side every 4 days. Is that too much or not enough? Don't really have much if any algea on the wals and have changed to sand a few weeks ago. Just have java moss in the tank.

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I feed my 7" pleco one or two algae wafers every day, and he still keeps my 55g clean as a whistle. I know he's cleaning because before I got him, my tank was an algae farm.

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Flip9 can you post a pic. I'd love to see him.

We have a new pleco and an otto and to corries and so i'm glad to see this post. Do cories also like algea wafers?

We usually brak a wafer in half and add part on each side every 4 days. Is that too much or not enough? Don't really have much if any algea on the wals and have changed to sand a few weeks ago. Just have java moss in the tank.
Ill see if i can, its usually hiding near the back.

Cories can be picky when it comes to algae wafers, some take time before they get used to it.

You need to watch when and how much they eat the wafers and decide from there if they need more.

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What drives me nuts is the buenos aries tetras will grab the wafer on it's way down and take off with it sometimes and the rainbowfish kinda like them too
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What kind of pleco, how large and how large is the tank? Any other algae eaters in the tank? Does it have a lot of algae growing? Also most algae eating plecos like zucchini, shelled peas or canned french style beans, so it does not always have to be an algae wafer.
This cracks me up that you say they only like the french style green beans!
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