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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 05-10-2016, 01:09 AM Thread Starter
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Free: common pleco

I rescued a common pleco from a terrible situation about a month ago, but I don't have the tank space (or living space for an appropriate tank) to keep it long-term.

It was in a 20 gal which was 2/3 full of dark brown water. It had no filter attached, and nothing else was alive (the previous owner had apparently turned the tank care over to someone else at the place of business, but that care was not very good). It's now in that same (clean!) 20 gallon tank, but it's not really a good long-term solution. It's about 8 inches long (which is much of how I guessed it was a common pleco! The water was sufficiently difficult to see into that the people who asked for my help weren't really sure how big it was), with some minimal (and healing) eye damage.

Does anyone need a common pleco or know where I might go to find it a good home? After saving the poor thing, I'd like it to have a good life. It sometimes comes out to look at me, but (not shockingly) spends most of the day hiding.

I'm in the greater boston area, FWIW.
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You can try posting on Craigslist, and state certain requirements of the new home/tank the pleco would be rehoming to. Or ask certain questions to the interested parties. Such as finding out what size tank the pleco would be going in and what tank mates they have in there. Maybe even have them send you a picture as some sort of "proof"

That's what I've done in the past when my plecos have gotten too large for my tanks and that's where I sold most of my exotic plecos when I decided to get out of keeping plecos. I made sure all my fish went to good homes with experienced/competent fish keepers. That way you don't have to worry so much about whether the pleco might end up in poor living conditions again from people who just don't know any better or don't really care about the fish's well-being, and just want the fish because it looks cool.
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post #3 of 3 (permalink) Old 05-15-2016, 12:17 AM Thread Starter
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Good idea. I've posted to craigslist and have three replies already. Thanks!
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