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PostSubject: WARNING TO ALL ABOUT PLECS   Mon Mar 30, 2009 3:03 am

If you are new to fishkeeping - and are considering a 'plec' or 'suckermouth catfish' please be aware of the potential size of some of these fish,

The adorable little 2" albino or common plec or Sailfin/Leopard Plec can and will grow fast and to a large size - larger than most home aquariums can cope with.

Theis picture shows a fully grown Sailfin plec (the common plec grows to the same size) and to give you an idea of scale, the CCTV sign below the tank is 5" wide (sorry aboutr the quality of the shot, it was taken in a dark room on a phone)



So please be very careful about the potential size of fish before you buy them, do your homework, if your reading this post then you have no excuses for not researching the size of fish (the net is an excellent resource for such information) A fish of this size needs a tank of at least 240 liters (absolute bare minimum) and a tank in the region of 300liters is probably the acceptable minimum size.

The fish when young are sold for as little as a few pounds - the shops want to sell them quickly so they dont end up with a tank full of monster fish.

The fish in the above picture is probably about 2-3 years old but they grow very rapidly.

Sadly, the old wives tale that fish only grow as large as the tank they are in is wrong - a too small a tank will stunt the growth of the visible isze (although only by about 25%) the internal orgams will grow to their full size, the result being the organs are squashed into too small a space, end up damaged and ultimately you have an unhappy sick and probably pain ridden fish.

If ypou can house such a fish then by all means do - if you know for certain yopu will be getting a large tank suitable for this fish in the near future then fine - but please be realistic about what you can and cant house, this applies to any species of fish but the common plec is the classic example.

If you know you wont be able to cater for this fishs needs, then simply enjoy looking at it in the shop or in pictures.

A healthy fish is a happy fish and visa versa - and you as the keeper are soley responsible for the two

Do the right thing by your fish and take heed of this caution


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PostSubject: Re: WARNING TO ALL ABOUT PLECS   Mon Mar 30, 2009 3:06 am

Excellent post, Rich. Very useful advice there. cheers

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PostSubject: Re: WARNING TO ALL ABOUT PLECS   Mon Mar 30, 2009 3:32 am

Wholeheartedly agree Rich. My (sadly missed) Sailfin (Gibbiceps) reached 12" within 12 months. I bought him as a 1.5" fish for 2.50 or so at a well known Uk pet store chain... I ended up buying a 6x2x2 tank essentially so I could keep him.

(he died when the clarias broke the heater and temp dropped to about 12deg C)
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PostSubject: Re: WARNING TO ALL ABOUT PLECS   Mon Mar 30, 2009 6:53 am

I know that UK store all too well - im very fortunate in that the aquatics team there (in my local brach know what theyre talking about (although when left unsupervised, ive heard the trainee's blag to noobs with totally inaccurate info - ive stepped in on serious occosains)

They had a BN recently for 3.50 - it was a sailfin or a featherfin plec - a staff member bught it knowing what it was withth e intention of selling it on later when it had grown up a bit.

The manager washed his hands of it blaming the suppliers
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