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Snow ball pleco
#1
Hi everyone, 

I was wondering if anyone could offer any advice on a snowball pleco that I have had for about 6 months now but has not grown a mm yet.
It is about an inch long, I thought I would pick a small one in the store so I could watch it grow but that plan didn’t work out that well.
It seems healthy enough when it’s pottering about when the lights have dimmed in the evenings. It shares the bottom of a 125 litre tank with 6 sterbi corys and a sometimes grumpy rubber lip pleco, which have grown as expected.
I feed the bottom dwellers of the tank hikari algae wafers, bug bites sinking pellets, repashy soilent green and occasional frozen bloodworms.
I’m not sure if it’s getting enough nutrition to grow or it is being stunted somehow.
Any suggestions would be welcomed.
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Hello and welcome to the site. I’m a newbie to Fishkeeping so sorry I can’t offer anything, well except do you know if it’s a fish that is slow growing ?
I’m sure one of the other more experienced members will be along to advise.
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Hi Annie and thanks for the welcome.

I was hoping for a while that it was a slow grower but it hasn’t grown any in the time I’ve had it.
I’m a bit unsure on the best foods to feed them and what time considering they seem to be mostly nocturnal.
I was expecting some growth on it though as I believe it is an omnivore and should be eating some algae and perhaps wood.
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mix the food up, meaty and veggie diet! Make sure you have plenty of flow and oxygen getting into the tank and keep ontop of the water changes. They like prestine water!
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Thanks for the advice,

I have a heavily planted tank which has not got much flow. The return from the canister filter agitates the surface well but I do have a power head that I can put in to add a bit more flow. Could this cause stunted growth.
I change about a third of the water weeklyish, but I must admit it’s been a while since I tested my water.
Can you recommend any foods for this pleco?
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Fresh veg especially courgette and red pepper.
I have BN fry that are nearly 3", so there must be something off in the tank.
Can you post a pic of the snowball and another of the tank?
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I will get some pics posted soon, it might be tonight before I see the plec again.
I tested my water last night with the master test kit. Ammonia and nitrite were 0, ph was a little low at 6.4/6.6 and the nitrates were a bit high at 40/80 ppm, I have a hard time reading these tests though.
I have been running co2 and I don’t know if this is dropping my ph, I do run it quite low though and it shows good on the drop checker.
I carried out a water change and some maintenance last night and the canister was cleaned out a couple of weeks ago, monthly cleans keep it from getting too dirty.
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Is this the one ? https://www.planetcatfish.com/common/spe...ies_id=204

Personally I think the lack of the right protein is causing this. Also the Corys and probably the Rubberlip need more meaty food providing the right protein minerals and vitamins.

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Ph is fine, and nitrates aren't a problem here at those values.
I think DD may be correct as to lack of protein or vitamins.
I'm not sure whether these need wood for digestion or not. I have wood in any tank I have plecs in, just in case. Wink
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Double Dutch, the link certainly looks like the correct pleco. Mine is a similar sort of size as well.

Do you have any suggestions on brands of foods and also on time of feeding? Do you feed them when the lights are on or when turned off?

Plankton, I have a couple of pieces of bog wood in there, I had heard they like to munch on it
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