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I just set up a 125 gallon for my bala sharks and common pleco. I heavily planted it, and as common plecos do; he is ripping all the plants out. The main plants I’m having troubles with are the dwarf sag and rotala is constantly being pulled out. He is about a foot long (edit: after measuring he is 9”) and the 75 gallon he came from is currently decommissioned as it is being re scaped. Would he be ok for a few months in my 30 gallon until the root structures of the rotala and sag is mature and enough to not be pulled up by him sucking on them. The 30 gallon is 30” Long x 12” wide.

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On 7/6/2021 at 5:40 PM, Adam scharberg said:

I just set up a 125 gallon for my bala sharks and common pleco. I heavily planted it, and as common plecos do; he is ripping all the plants out. The main plants I’m having troubles with are the dwarf sag and rotala is constantly being pulled out. He is about a foot long and the 75 gallon he came from is currently decommissioned as it is being re scaped. Would he be ok for a few months in my 30 gallon until the root structures of the rotala and sag is mature and enough to not be pulled up by him sucking on them. The 30 gallon is 30” Long x 12” wide.

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My experience is he will never stop. Common plecos just aren’t made to do well is planted tanks. Even some bristlenose can get quite destructive 

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On 7/6/2021 at 8:10 PM, Jimmy said:

My experience is he will never stop. Common plecos just aren’t made to do well is planted tanks. Even some bristlenose can get quite destructive 

I know he’s not going to stop, but once the root structures of the sag and rotala are large enough it won’t pull out from him. He was in my 75 for 3 years and the only plants that pull out were newly planted things . Anything with barely any roots I don’t plant because I have really hard water too.

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On 7/6/2021 at 6:16 PM, Adam scharberg said:

I know he’s not going to stop, but once the root structures of the sag and rotala are large enough it won’t pull out from him. He was in my 75 for 3 years and the only plants that pull out were newly planted things . Anything with barely any roots I don’t plant because I have really hard water too.

I get that. I feel like give it enough time that little buddy will renovate the whole tank. 

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