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    most everyone knows that i'm koi cuckoo and water quality challenged, but just to add the one desenting note on the basement pond, because i know you'll do it anyway! Don't do it!!! moisture. darkness. up and down steps and forgetting to turn water on or off.
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    I have a 1500 gallon basement koi tank. I have my lights on a timer, and I have my system rigged that once my water gets to a certain height it runs into my plumbing so it can never over flow. I also have to run an industrial de-humidifier because of the moisture and humidity. Year 3, and it's still just as good as when my husband built it.

    Note: Plecos aren't really algea eaters, and they do require actual food. They can attach themselves onto larger fish, and they can kill them. They are extreme poopers, and they have a non stop sewer system. They are tropical, and will not tolerate the cold at all. You best bet is to leave him in the indoor tank, or find someone who can keep him in a tropical environment. They like meat, so any type of sinking meaty pellets will be good for the pleco to eat.
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    I'm not an expert, but my first suspect was the pleco, not the other koi. Plecos can get very large, so when you say he's big, just how big is he? Do you feed him vegatables or algae wafers. I think plecos will eat just about anything when they are starving.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Nightstorm View Post
    I'm not an expert, but my first suspect was the pleco, not the other koi. Plecos can get very large, so when you say he's big, just how big is he? Do you feed him vegatables or algae wafers. I think plecos will eat just about anything when they are starving.
    A pleco eating a 2" fish in 900 is quite a feat. I don't see it being the pleco at all. There's no way it would be able to catch those little fish.
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    The pleco can't make it in an outdoor pond here in NC - I know because I've tried twice - so I'm sure it wouldn't make it in Colorado.


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    Quote Originally Posted by jimfish98 View Post
    You noted no net on top, so the neighbor's cats may have held a buffet dinner last night too.
    And how did neighbors cats get into his basement to dine on his fish??
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    Haha well the pleco is between 14-16' long. I got him about 2 days before I got the butterfly koi. I'm feeding him algea tabs, but if yall have any other suggestions to keep him full let me know! I just don't see him being fast enough to catch the butterfly's but who knows haha. What do you guys suggest feeding 1-4 inch butterfly's. The pellets I have for my large Koi I believe is to large, they seam to nibble on the algea wavers I put in for the Pleco...but I really want to get food they will go nuts over. Thanks yall!

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    Also, I'm going to be putting in a dehumidifier as well as It will be easy to put in a fan that will suck the humidity out of the room to outside. Waiting on the filter to be delivered too get all that set up. Cant wait!

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    Yes, mshill90 is right, plecos can and do attach themselves to koi or goldfish if they can catch them. Can cause an initial wound that will become infected. Usually, it's an injured or slow moving fish, though. There have been several threads about bigger koi eating smaller fish. I guess it just depends on the koi, some are nurturers, some are sharks. just like in the human world.



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    Quote Originally Posted by gatorlover View Post
    And how did neighbors cats get into his basement to dine on his fish??
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    Quote Originally Posted by Russell Peters View Post
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    Be careful of different types of Plecostomus. I used to collect them in college until a family member fed them an entire jar of algae while I was on vacation. Unfortunate. Some are just beautiful but others are very territorial and have barbed balls they use to ward off other fish. I

    Mango plecostomus


    Zebra pleco


    Gold nugget pleco


    Pseudcanthacus lepoardus


    This is an example of ancistrus type. The males have large barbed balls under their gill plates and they thrash about with them to move other fish.
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    Wow, those are awesome pleco's. I had one in an outside tank/fountain in Phoenix for 3 years and he finally jumped
    out last year at 12"

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