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Rehoming A Plec - Yay Or Nay?

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Rehoming a plec - Yay or nay?
« on: January 18, 2017, 01:27:12 PM »
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Hi all, as title suggests I have been asked to help rehome a plec for a neighbour of a friend. He cannot identify the species but says it is 3-4 inches long so not a monster but it is in rather a small tank compared to mine... The fear I have is it exploding in size and wreaking havoc with my own bristlenose plec and tearing up my plants!

Advice sought, please let me know your thoughts  :)

Anyone in the Scottish Central Belt wants a plec let me know  ;)

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Re: Rehoming a plec - Yay or nay?
« Reply #1 on: January 18, 2017, 04:18:42 PM »
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Has he tried asking the LFS to take it?

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Re: Rehoming a plec - Yay or nay?
« Reply #2 on: January 18, 2017, 04:24:14 PM »
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I asked him to pose that Q to his neighbour... I'm reluctant to take it and feel guilty cos initially I said I'd take it but stupid me forgot to ask what size tank it was in. It might not be growing anymore where it is but putting it in my tank might trigger a growth spurt!

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Re: Rehoming a plec - Yay or nay?
« Reply #3 on: January 18, 2017, 04:59:32 PM »
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That's the problem - it could be a species that grows anywhere from 4 inches to 2 feet.

The only way to be sure is to ID the species. If the friend's neighbour can provide a couple of good photos, one of which is a close up of the head, you might be able to work out what it is from planetcatfish's catalogue. Failing that, sign up to planetcatfish and ask for help.

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Re: Rehoming a plec - Yay or nay?
« Reply #4 on: January 18, 2017, 06:12:09 PM »
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Does the neighbour think that the plec is fully grown? I was reading recently that this thing about fish growing to the size or tank available thing is a complete myth...

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Re: Rehoming a plec - Yay or nay?
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Does the neighbour think that the plec is fully grown? I was reading recently that this thing about fish growing to the size or tank available thing is a complete myth...

Thats how I'm interpreting it Matt, sounds like they've had a tank for ages and are taking a break from it... My pal already took the plattys... He's already got a monster plec so can't take this one.

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Re: Rehoming a plec - Yay or nay?
« Reply #6 on: January 18, 2017, 07:01:33 PM »
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Well next step probably still to ID it to confirm it isn't going to be a small whale in a couple of years... :yikes:

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