wintering a common pleco

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    sue

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    20151008_153819-1.jpg I have 2 large plecos(9-10") we just brought in yesterday from Koi pond. good thing due to temp dropped to 62 this morning! we have I think 40 gal rubbermaid black stock tank, with 2 aerators going, and a plant, and algae tabs. still have one 4 inch pleco and one 4 " algea eater in the pond to try catch, if it stops raining. we also have 10 gallon fish tank inside with 3three 1 inch algae eaters alone (growing them before adding to the pond). Q: need to get filter for the stock tank and large plecos? or just do water changes? and Q2: do you think it would be too crowded to put 1 smaller algae eater in fishtank with others and maybe the 1 small pleco? im afraid to put smaller ones in with the really big ones? theyre ok in pond together, but its a large koi pond with lots hiding spots. how do you tell if plecos are doing allright? we normally dont see them much LOL. they grew from 2 " from petco, to like 9" just from spring till now! tysm!
     
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    Plecostomus are like any other tropical fish - they require good quality water at the right temperature, hiding spots for security, proper diet and lots of room to move around.
    You will need a heater, filter, maybe some large (4") black abs pipe for them to hide in and some algae food such as spirulina tabs.
    Perform regular water tests so that you are sure that the water quality stays high.
     
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    ok tyvm, I have aerators, plants,and algae tabs and pellets. will go get filter then today.water temp should stay warm as stock tank is in my bathroom garden tub.. hoping I can get by putting the small pleco in the small aquarium with the tiny algea eaters.
     
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    I forgot to mention, Sue, your plecostomus also need a source of protein.
    I use shrimp pellets as a source of protein for my plecos.
     
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