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I've had a small one in my cichlid tank for months, everyone was an inch or less when I bought them. The cichlids have all grown but the rubberlip hasn't. I caught him this morning sucking on the glass and he's still no more than 1 inch and his belly, I could see through it. Weird? I throw algae pellets in there for him but I've never seen him eat one. Starting the worry about him. Any ideas?

Here's a pick of his belly

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Suprd71 replied the topic: Rubberlip

I'll delete the 2nd post Jen, keep this one open as it has the pic


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Thanks Suprd!
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Suprd71 replied the topic: Re:Rubberlip

All good. Re the plec, I can only say that he would have perished long ago if he wasnt getting some nourishment from somewhere. Baby plecs dont last long without food.


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robham7770 replied the topic: Rubberlip

Jbare, an eating pleco, is a pooping pleco. What kind of substrate do you have in the tank? In my experience the pleco poop is long , stringy, and very dark. I would focus on the area he freqents(hides in) and look for evidence. You may want to try some small slices of zucchini or cucumber in a veggie clip, or skewered on a bamboo grilling skewer.
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JBare replied the topic: Re:Rubberlip

White gravel, but I honestly never see anything and he's never in one place long. Most of the time I forget I even have him until he shows up and I think oh...he is still alive! He literally hides somewhere I haven't found yet but he's so small he's hard to see. I was lucky enough to catch him today for a pic. I'll try the cucumber and zucchini and see if I can lure him out, I've never offered that before. I'm afraid he'll get beat up if he comes out in the open to eat, my Africans are unforgiving at food time. Will test tomorrow. Do you think I should risk putting him in his own tank till he grows a bit? I feel awful he hasn't grown in 6 months.
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JBare replied the topic: Re:Rubberlip

Sad to say, he was belly up this morning hallowed out. Awful. I was feeding his algae pellets and cucumbers so I'm not sure. But I'm sad. Lol
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Poseidon2.0 replied the topic: Re:Rubberlip

That is too bad. Sorry. :(

I have had that happen to a pleco before. The only thing I have changed with my most recent one is making sure he gets a variety of veggies like, sweet potato, zucchini, blanched carrots and make sure to insert some shrimp pellets into them sometimes. The cichlids are less likely to get the pellets that way and the plecs like to have a bit of protein too. I just never trust that they get the sinking algae pellets when there are insatiable cichlids around -- putting them in at night time when everyone else is "asleep" seems to be about the only way to make those work.
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Rocksor replied the topic: Re:Rubberlip

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Rocksor replied the topic: Re:Rubberlip

cucumbers have very little nutritional value.
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