How old is your pleco?

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How many years old is/was your oldest pleco?

  • 0-2

    Votes: 11 28.2%
  • 3-5

    Votes: 9 23.1%
  • 6-8

    Votes: 6 15.4%
  • 9-11

    Votes: 3 7.7%
  • 12-14

    Votes: 7 17.9%
  • 15-17

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • 18+

    Votes: 3 7.7%

  • Total voters
    39

Jayhawk

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I love hearing about all these old plecos! I wonder which of us will be the first to hit 20+ years old with a pleco? :)
 

Jayhawk

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It's a miracle...I'm resurrecting my own thread. LOL.

Just a note...almost 4 years later and my clown pleco is still going strong. He's 17+ years old...hard to believe he's still here!

Just had to share that...feel free to return to your regular programming.
 

Vincenia

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I had a Common Pleco when I first set up my 29g years ago, I had him since he was about 1.5" long, he grew to be 12" in the 29g, after 4 years moved him to the 37g I currently have, he was in there for a yr or so. I had to rehome him cause he got to be about 16-17" and he was about 6-7yr old, that was 3 years ago, he should be about 9-10 now and I guess maxed out at 19-24" now, if the person who bought him still has him.
 

Cichlidbreeder22

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Hey guys, just came across this today and thought I would share. I have had this guy for 22 to 23 years. Cant remember exactly. When I can get him to lay just right, he is actually close to 23" He is an old fart and does not cooperate much though. This is the straightest and closest I could get him to the glass

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SnakeIce

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Perhaps, but fish generally grow faster when they are young and slow down a lot with age. So 5 years ago it was perhaps an inch or two shorter, not 5 inches.
 

Cichlidbreeder22

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Perhaps, but fish generally grow faster when they are young and slow down a lot with age. So 5 years ago it was perhaps an inch or two shorter, not 5 inches.
I wasnt saying that is how to tell the age. Just stating the irony. I would say he is full grown and have not noticed any new growth the last few years
 

fishorama

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Your old pleco seems to be thin behind the head. That could be an age thing or maybe he'd like some more food more often. Still, 22-23 years old is quite amazing!! Kudos to your good care!!

My oldest pleco was a clown I had to rehome after 11 years. I like to pretend he's still going strong.
 
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