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Jewel Cichlid and Common Pleco

Discussion in 'Cichlids' started by jewelcichs, Oct 9, 2017.

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    I have one Jewel cichlid about 3 inches in size inside a 30 gal. Do you think it will hurt my 3 inch pleco if i put him in there?
     
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    It depends on a lot of things. Such as filtration, hiding places, water changes, the species of pleco etc. What is your reason for wanting to add the pleco?
     
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    i just got one for free but im not sure where add it since my cichlid tank is the only option for the winter but i dont want my cichlid killing my pleco
     
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    I didn't catch the "common" part in the title. A three inch common pleco will quickly outgrow that size of tank, even if its just for the winter and the waste will likely be more than a 30 gal tank can handle. IMO the best place to add the pleco is back to where it came from. Common plecos really shouldn't be kept in aquariums. They reach a size of 2 feet and aren't suitable for what most people said. That and they don't really even eat algae after about 4 inches, just left over fish food and fish food that the other fish won't get.
     
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    Sorry, but IMO, neither fish would be happy in a 30gal. The jewel by itself=Maybe, but your tank is too small.
     

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