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Clown Pleco Concerns

So my Clown Pleco in my 20 gallon tank has not been on the tank walls at all and they're starting to look scummy. He just hangs out on my artificial cave all day, doesn't move from it, he'll swing around the rock, but I have yet to see him in any other part of the tank. Should I be concerned??
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Do you have any driftwood in there for it? Clown Plecs like to eat driftwood more than algae. Mine is hardly ever seen and when he is, its almost always on the driftwood. Beautiful fish and perfect for smaller tanks but very shy and hardly ever seen. I hadn't seen mine in almost 2 months until he popped out while i was doing a pretty thorough cleaning and rescape on Sunday.
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Thanks for asking a great question. I'm interested to hear what other advice is given. I just added a clown pleco to a 20-gallon tank. He's been in there for three days and so far he spends most of his time either on the wall between the heater and filter intake, or on one of the rocks. When I first added him to the tank he went straight for the only 'cave' I have which is nothing more than a dark place where two rocks meet with a small gap between. He stayed there for about 15 minutes and then started exploring. Sorry to hear yours is a bit subdued. I hope he perks up soon.
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Consider blanching a cucumber and leaving in the tank over night to supplement their diet. In the morning you should see little nibble bite marks. If there arent any, then something else might need to be done...

Driftwood are staples in pleco tanks. even a small one would be better than having none.


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I wouldn't be concerned about your pleco. I have a couple different varieties of plecos and some I never see and others I always see out.

I totally agree with acitydweller. I feed mine cucumber I just peel them cut out the seeds and throw it in.

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Consider blanching a cucumber and leaving in the tank over night to supplement their diet. In the morning you should see little nibble bite marks. If there arent any, then something else might need to be done...

Driftwood are staples in pleco tanks. even a small one would be better than having none.
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The added benefit of adding veggies is snail control. Before I got assassin snails the veggies would look peppered in the morning. That pepper was baby snails. Clown plecos are shy fish so don't expect to see them as much as others.
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The added benefit of adding veggies is snail control. Before I got assassin snails the veggies would look peppered in the morning. That pepper was baby snails. Clown plecos are shy fish so don't expect to see them as much as others.
So cucumber attracts all the snails and keeps them off other plants, or does it attract and poison them?
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