AndreaW Posted March 19, 2022 Share Posted March 19, 2022 It was advised I ask about my peculiar Pleco, Gary. We call him *special* because he's not like any other Pleco we've ever had. We bought him back in 2019 if I remember right. He was sold to us as a "Common" Pleco. He's never sucked/rasped/suctioned on glass or anything else. I've also never seen him eat, but I would assume he eats or he wouldn't still be alive and 8" long. I was going to say I've never seen him poop either, but my daughter reminded me of the nick-name I gave him, "Sir Gary Poops-alot." So yes, when he was younger, he would leave garlands all over the tank, but in the past year or two I haven't seen him poop. I'm beginning to think he's a zombie. I feed the fish flakes, algae wafers, cucumbers, green beans, brine shrimp etc. Of course, I never know what he eats as I never see him interested in anything. Beyond not rasping or sucking on anything, he just wedges himself in awkward spots, or sits with his nose in the gravel like this: His nose is flat and not the normal pointy nose I've seen on every other "Common" Pleco I've ever had. I tease my son that he's flattened his nose from sitting on it too long -- or chasing parked cars. So, is he (or could be a she) a deformed Common, or a different species or an alien? Anyone have any ideas for me? Seriously, I would love to help him be happy and it would be great to know he's eating (and pooping). I've considered rehoming him to someone with a bigger tank, but it would be nice to "get to know him" a little better and I am waiting to see how he likes my new planted tank. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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