How cold can plecos live in?

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    rochelle

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    Hi all,
    We live in Florida and have an outdoor pond. Obviously, the pond never freezes, but in the winter, we can get below freezing at night, for several nights in a row. Last winter was a cold one!! We had plecos in the pond, and they all died over the winter - we assume from the cold. The goldfish, however, loved it.

    My question is - what is the lowest temperature a pleco can live in? And would a large aquarium heater used on very cold nights be enough to keep a 450 gallon pond warm enough for the plecos? We don't want to warm it up too much, just enough to keep the plecos happy.

    Thanks.
    Grandma Pfaff
     
    rochelle, Aug 30, 2009
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    DrDave Innovator Moderator

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    Plecos are not a good choice for ponds. Their temperature range is 73 to 82 degrees F. When you had freezing temperatures, your pond probably dropped below 50 degrees F.
    High Fin Sharks are a much better choice and I think you might find thye cost less.
     
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