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Russell13
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PostPosted: 2007.05.08(Tue)7:02    Post subject: Pond Plecostamus Reply with quote

I read on a website that you could keep plecostamus in coldwater ponds with goldfish. Is that possible Confused
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Mrs. Huu
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PostPosted: 2007.05.08(Tue)12:46    Post subject: Reply with quote

Apparently, Plecostomus have been found among native fauna in Florida. Maybe in such a climate adding a Pleco to a pond might work but still - what would the Pleco do in a pond? Goldfish a greedy eaters so there would likely not be enough food for the Pleco and the pondkeeper might not often see the suckermouth to check on his health. In my opinion, even if it were possible it would not be the smartest way to go.
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Oso
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PostPosted: 2007.09.09(Sun)18:59    Post subject: Reply with quote

I personally think a pleco in a pond would be great. Cause whatever algae gets in the pond.. the pleco would eat. But that's just me.
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PostPosted: 2007.09.09(Sun)19:23    Post subject: Re: Pond Plecostamus Reply with quote

Russell13 wrote:
I read on a website that you could keep plecostamus in coldwater ponds with goldfish. Is that possible Confused


depends on how cold the coldwater pond is. while considered a tropical fish, I've seen them kept in water as low in temp as 60dgF.
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Oso
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PostPosted: 2007.09.09(Sun)19:48    Post subject: Reply with quote

EVERY tank I've seen at a pet store whether it's cold or tropical.. I've seen a pleco in the tank. I personally think they adapt
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Steve Hampton
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PostPosted: 2007.09.09(Sun)23:21    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have a 500 gallon above ground outdoor pond in coastal NE Florida and I've have a common Pleco that has overwintered in the pond for the past two seasons. Going further inland and/or further north might not has as good of results.
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PostPosted: 2007.09.10(Mon)10:24    Post subject: Reply with quote

ahhh.. very very true.. Didn't even consider the weather prospects of it.
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PostPosted: 2008.02.13(Wed)15:30    Post subject: It works Reply with quote

I live in Central Illinois, and up until a year ago I had a backyard pond. During the warmer months I successfully kept two common plecos in the pond with 5 Koi. The Koi could winter in the pond and I transferred the Plecos into my Aquarium each winter. It worked nicely and they grew very large and healthy. I think it definetely works. They kept the pond clean of algae and got along fine with the Koi.
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PostPosted: 2008.02.15(Fri)1:04    Post subject: Reply with quote

Is the algae enough for them? I've always read that they eat less and less algae as they mature...
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PostPosted: 2008.02.16(Sat)22:21    Post subject: Reply with quote

About two months ago I rescued two fantail goldfish from a woman who kept them with a pleco. The two goldfishes fins were EATEN!! I mean CHUNKS were gone. I got them home and their fins started growing back instantly. One of them has regrowth measuring an inch already. Just something to consider. I've heard many times not to keep a pleco with goldfish. I don't know if a pond setting would make a dif. or not.

I don't know how to post a video or I would post one from when I got them and one now. HUGE difference!!
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