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Re: is my pleco sick?

Both Kelly and Brenda have recently commented on their plecos floating
upside down.  This isn't a desirable position for a shy bottom fish.  When
I was in highschool, my plecos would do this before an unexpected death.
I've since realized (sadly) that I starved them to death.  As they get
bigger, these grazers/scavengers need more food.  Check to see if their
stomachs are sunken in.  Feed them algae wafers and zucchini on occassion.
Large plecos will learn to feed off the surface with the other fish and can
suck in floating pellets if there's enough food--but I'm sure they'd be
happier scraping off the bottom.

Carmen C. Robinett      Berkeley, CA   (510) 642-5971