Thanks, Lescarpentier, but my pleco is a shy one. I don't know if I've ever seen his stomach. I mostly see his tail peeking out of the driftwood.
I had him in my 20L which has 6 amano shrimp. They EACH would grab a whole button sized wafer and swim off with it! I ended up having to break wafers up and putting wafers close to the driftwood in hopes my pleco could get some while putting other wafers further away from the rest of the thieves... I mean fish and shrimp. So I have never known how much he's eaten. I don't even know what he's eating other than the obvious fresh veggies.
Now that he's in the 75 all alone, save a few male guppies, I have a chance to feed him and only him (okay, the guppies do take the wafers and move them to the other side of the tank, but maybe he gets them back after all lights are out, including lights in the room?). I'm trying to make sure he's getting enough to eat, but I have no idea what he's really getting.
I'm concerned that if I don't give him enough wafers, the other fish will get them and he won't get any for a long time. But if I put down too many wafers so the other fish can stuff themselves while my pleco still has some for himself, I could not only be overfeeding the fish, but I could be polluting the water with left over food. I can't tell what's not eaten after a wafer has dissolved and the fish have disturbed it.
Of course, since he's so shy, he'll only eat at night so I can't see who's getting the wafers even then. All I know is I wake up and they're all gone. But I've put in as many as 5 button sized wafers at once, and they'd be all gone (this is in the 75). Did the pleco eat them all? Did the guppies? Did they dissolve and the guppies and pleco disbursed the particles while swimming? I don't know. That's the problem.
I can much better tell if my pleco has eaten when feeding him fresh veggies, but I don't know if it's okay to give that to him every night? Is that too much?
If I could hear from others who have less shy plecos as to how much their plecos are eating, I'd have at least some idea of how much to feed him.
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