Pleco fish in ponds - GOOD IDEA?


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I put a pleco in about 6 weeks ago and your story gave me hope. The fish store said they could overwinter in the pond. I live near Columbus Ohio.
 
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I put a pleco in about 6 weeks ago and your story gave me hope. The fish store said they could overwinter in the pond. I live near Columbus Ohio.

They'll freeze in the winter. There are YouTube videos on people who forgot to bring the plexus in the fall and they found them dead the next day.

Your winter home will be needed.
 
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Actually if you are in Ohio I would not let the plecos out in the pond till may when the 40F nights disappear and bring them in in September when the 40F nights show up.
 
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Another problem is they will grow explosively in the pond. I put my tropicals in the pond during the Northeast blackout and my 4 inch pleco grew to a foot and wasn't happy about going back into a 70 gallon aquarium that fall.
 
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I had some times in my aquaponics system where the water temperature dropped down below 15c/59f.
The tips of the plecos fins started to turn white and I suspect if I hadn't transferred them into a warmer tropical temperature aquarium, they would have died.

Please don't put plecostomus into a cold water environment.

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Some plecos live in Florida and require a tropical environment. So if you live in Florida, id say your good but otherwise I wouldn't.
 
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My understanding is plecos will die at 50F, and I wouldn't be surprised if individuals had both more and less cold tolerance, my experience is they are fiendishly difficult to find in a pond, mine appeared in the last inch of water as I drained the pond looking for the fish.
 
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I have a dilemma... A friend has a 6" pleco in her aquarium. It's too small for him and I don't think he gets as much to eat as he should. She would love to have me adopt him.
If I put him in the pond he would have TONS AND GOBS of algae to eat.
I have many hiding places and I doubt I could catch him in the fall to let him overwinter in the house.
So -- let him (sort of) suffer in his current jail -- or let him have a magical (although perhaps short) life in the pond?
Pond ethics...
 
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I have a dilemma... A friend has a 6" pleco in her aquarium. It's too small for him and I don't think he gets as much to eat as he should. She would love to have me adopt him.
If I put him in the pond he would have TONS AND GOBS of algae to eat.
I have many hiding places and I doubt I could catch him in the fall to let him overwinter in the house.
So -- let him (sort of) suffer in his current jail -- or let him have a magical (although perhaps short) life in the pond?
Pond ethics...

Zone 7b will have to bring it in every September and put it back out every May. 5 months of the year is not worth it. It needs someone more south.
 
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I have a dilemma... A friend has a 6" pleco in her aquarium. It's too small for him and I don't think he gets as much to eat as he should. She would love to have me adopt him.
If I put him in the pond he would have TONS AND GOBS of algae to eat.
I have many hiding places and I doubt I could catch him in the fall to let him overwinter in the house.
So -- let him (sort of) suffer in his current jail -- or let him have a magical (although perhaps short) life in the pond?
Pond ethics...
You could give him the magical home for the summer and donate him to afish store in the fall. I bet they would take a $40 fish for free.
 
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You could give him the magical home for the summer and donate him to afish store in the fall. I bet they would take a $40 fish for free.
I'd be happy to bring him into an aquarium in the cold weather, but I don't think I could catch him in my pond. That's the worry. He would probably just die in there. I'd feel bad about that...
But dang, I know he'd LOOOOVE the pond.
Oh well, probably best to let him live in fish jail without switching anything up on him.
 

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I have a dilemma... A friend has a 6" pleco in her aquarium. It's too small for him and I don't think he gets as much to eat as he should. She would love to have me adopt him.
If I put him in the pond he would have TONS AND GOBS of algae to eat.
I have many hiding places and I doubt I could catch him in the fall to let him overwinter in the house.
So -- let him (sort of) suffer in his current jail -- or let him have a magical (although perhaps short) life in the pond?
Pond ethics...
No, find him another home. IMHO, it would be cruel to knowingly put him through a death sentence. Plus, when he dies and starts to decompose, it's going to be when your pond/fish are at their most vulnerable......during winter.
 
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I watched in horror at the LFS the other day, as a pleco attached itself to a goldfish and sucked it's scales. I don't know. Plecos do a good job at algae eating, but they also produce a ton of waste, adding to the load in a pond or tank. Then there's the scale sucking thing. :(
 
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I have a dilemma... A friend has a 6" pleco in her aquarium. It's too small for him and I don't think he gets as much to eat as he should. She would love to have me adopt him.
If I put him in the pond he would have TONS AND GOBS of algae to eat.
I have many hiding places and I doubt I could catch him in the fall to let him overwinter in the house.
So -- let him (sort of) suffer in his current jail -- or let him have a magical (although perhaps short) life in the pond?
Pond ethics...

I have the same dilemma, bagsmom. I suspect many people do but don't talk about it.
I have 3 plecos that are all about 10" in size. I do not want them and no one else wants to buy large fish.
However, I purchased them so am committed to raising them in a healthy environment. I have one large aquarium they are kept in that I would rather shut down.
I also have a salt water blue tang that I have had for now for 19 years.
I would like to downsize, but that would be cruel to the fish.

This is why it is important for people to research the fish they buy before they make the purchase!

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I know it's hard to see in the picture but when I walked up to the pond, there is this one foot triangle that is cleaned down to the black liner. I see a trapdoor snail in this area and also saw Hoover my Pleco swim through this area. I don't know who cleaned it but dang it's nice. Hoover was 2 inches when I got him now he is 6 inches.
 
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Hello Wood_Cat, what is your climate like? I am very curious about your plecos as I have a large pond in Portland, Oregon that I would like to introduce plecos into but I was not sure if they would survive or not. Any info would be great. thanks!!
Cody, how are your plecos doing? I live in Salem and just put mine from my indoor tank out into my pond. Hoping it survives. My pond is 5x5 and about 3ft deep with a lot of algae.
 
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Cody, how are your plecos doing? I live in Salem and just put mine from my indoor tank out into my pond. Hoping it survives. My pond is 5x5 and about 3ft deep with a lot of algae.
5x5 is WAY to small for a pleco.
 

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