Rubber Lip Pleco?
Posted 27 December 2011 - 01:50 AM
I've read they can be bullies. I've read that they are hard to feed. I would like some info on how to feed them, when to feed them, if they are compatible with serpae tetras, neon tetras, and corydoras catfish.
I just don't want it to die or get hurt or hurt or kill any of my other fish!
Posted 27 December 2011 - 08:36 AM
Your research should have told you about the differing temperatures these fish like, what is your tank at?
Posted 27 December 2011 - 03:51 PM
Posted 27 December 2011 - 05:20 PM
Chaetostoma like it cold, around the 69-73 F range if I remember correctly.
Also like fast flowing water that is highly oxygenated.
For researching plecos (which is advisable before you buy the fish by the way) use planetcatfish.com, head for the common name section if you are not sure of the scientific names.
Posted 27 December 2011 - 05:46 PM
Do you have a picture of it so I can see which species it is?
None of those websites you list are anywhere near as good a resource as the one I mentioned for future reference.
Posted 27 December 2011 - 06:02 PM
Well, Petsmart said it was a Rubber Lip/ Bulldog pleco. I can't find him right now, he was out earlier sucking on one of my rocks, I'll try to get a picture when the lights go out at 8:30 pm.
Posted 27 December 2011 - 06:27 PM
Posted 27 December 2011 - 06:53 PM
Use Paint or Microsoft picture editor.
Alternatively host them at somewhere like photobucket
Posted 27 December 2011 - 07:10 PM
Posted 27 December 2011 - 07:17 PM
Posted 28 December 2011 - 02:25 AM
Posted 28 December 2011 - 04:43 AM
Posted 28 December 2011 - 05:46 AM
Is the pattern stripes or spots?
These are the most commonly imported Chaetostoma in the hobby.
Milesi - http://www.planetcat...?species_id=308
444 - http://www.planetcat...?species_id=318
Both are omnivores, pellets/wafers after lights out as mentioned above and yes fresh vegetable as well.
If it is anything like the 2 I kept (i had both these species) it will search out the area of highest flow in the tank and just sit there.
Posted 28 December 2011 - 02:38 PM
Posted 28 December 2011 - 02:54 PM
Posted 28 December 2011 - 03:43 PM
Even planetcatfish does not list every known species to date, but it it is an excellent starting point, http://www.planetcat...php?genus_id=26.
The first few weeks of settling into you tank setup are critical for these fish, they can be a nightmare to get eating, so putting your "Rubbernose" in its own quarantine tank is verging on vital.
"I wish I could take credit for this, but my hat is off to Norbert Flaugger of Casa Maria, Venezuela who, in conversation with Shane Linder passed on this method that works wonders for raising tough fry and acclimatizing picky loricariids.
- Grind your favourite fish food to bits. You can add any kind of fish food and even ground, dried vegetables.
- Separate an egg white from the yolk.
- Mix the egg white and fish food.
- Paint the resulting mixture on a flat rock or driftwood.
- Let it dry rock hard.
Posted 28 December 2011 - 04:13 PM
Posted 28 December 2011 - 04:42 PM
By all means, try the "rock painting" technique in your community tank, placing newly painted rock(s) in the same location as and when the old one is cleaned off. Placing the rock(s) in a relatively quiet are of the tank seems to help, away from the turbulent current.
What powerheads and filters are you using to create a heavily rippled water surface? You ought to be looking at 8x true water (eg. 2000lph in a 240l) turnover at least, if not more in the ballpark of 12x.
Posted 28 December 2011 - 05:31 PM
My filter is a 250 gallon per hour. I have a 50 gallon tank.
Should I buy a small rock from the pet store?
My fish tank is 50 gallons and my filter is 250 gallons per hour.
Posted 28 December 2011 - 06:00 PM
If Shane says it I tend to listen
Edit, any rock should do, one with a flat surface is best, like a large pebble.
Ideally your tank needs more turnover, maybe add a powerhead?
Edited by xingumike, 28 December 2011 - 06:01 PM.
Posted 28 December 2011 - 08:07 PM
How should I dry the egg? Just leave it at a windowsill for a few hours?
Posted 28 December 2011 - 08:12 PM
Posted 29 December 2011 - 02:18 AM
Air stone isn't a substitute for the gas exchange at the surface and current a powerhead will provide.
I've never run an airstone, I'd prefer a powerhead with a venturi as an alternative.
Other option would be to put another filter in, depends how much room you have
Posted 29 December 2011 - 10:13 AM
Air stone isn't a substitute for the gas exchange at the surface and current a powerhead will provide
I thought that watever makes the water surface more turbulent is fine for aerating the tank, whether a powerhead or air stone. Of course, if the air stone is making only some decorative bubbles without disturbing the surface at all, then it is useless in terms of oxygen and a waterfall type spray bar from the filter, or additional powerhead positioned to disturb the water surface will do better. So it all depends ot the type of setup.
Posted 29 December 2011 - 04:05 PM
I'd prefer a powerhead with a venturi as an alternative.
What is a venturi?
Posted 29 December 2011 - 08:06 PM
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