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emma wood - 2006-04-02
HELLO,IVE TWO PLECS CALLED RONNIE AND REGGIE. BOTH ARE APPROXIMATELY 18"LONG AND IN A TANK BY THEMSELVES. VERY PEACEFUL. TANK IS STILL ALGEE FREE. DELIGHTFUL CREATURES. I DO HAVE TWO TANKS. THERE IS AN ASSORTMENT IN THE SECOND TANK AND THEY ALL GET ON FINE. DONT GET ANY TROUBLE FROM THEM.

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brandon - 2006-04-02
I recently bought two of them and they enjoy swimming back and forth through the bubbles in the back a lot. these are great fish to have for show.

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Jim from Warwick, RI - 2006-03-30
I have a spotted raph for about 2 years now! He's a great addition to my tank but he never does anything! He hides in his log and NEVER comes out. When I first got him I bought 2 and the other one died quickly, I dont know why but this one survived and has been living for the past 2 years. I dont know how long they are supposed to live but what sucks is that he never comes out. I havent seen him in about a year and a half! I now have a striped one in there with him and they actually hide together! Its pretty funny.

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Mike - 2006-03-26
porkchop, my pleco, won't get off of my goldfish and i am afraid he might mess wiith the membrane on it's scales. it's still pretty neat.

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emma wood - 2006-03-26
HELLO, IVE THREE OF THESE FISH AND DO FIND THEM VERY PEACEFUL. THEY HAVE A LOT OF HIDING PLACES SO I DONT SEE THEM THAT OFTEN! I DID NOT KNOW THAT THESE FISH EAT EARTHWORMS UNTIL I PLACED ONE IN MY TANK THE OTHER DAY,T HE EARTHWORM WAS A GONNER! THEY GET ON VERY WELL WITH MY OTHER FISH(PLECS, CORYS, TWO VARIETIES OF SYNODONTIS, AND PLENTY OF OTHERS). THEY ARE A DELIGHT IN THE TANK.

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Dune - 2006-03-24
We have two ID's, 15" and 17", have had both for 6 years in a 130 gallon tank. While I love these guys, I would never buy this type of fish again...I constantly feel guilty about restraining them in a home aquarium - they need room to swim. While they love their powerhead and swim against the current, it's not enough for these big boys. Amazing fish because they get so amazingly big, however this characteristic also makes them a hard keeper.

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dave w. - 2006-03-18
I bought a pleco a while ago and i did not have any caves or hiding places for it so all he did was cling on to the tank wall or gravel all day. He was doing fine eating the algae off the substrate and tank walls. After about a month i bought a cave for him to hide in and after a couple of weeks i noticed the algae starting to build up on the plants. So i realized that he was spending ALL of his time in the cave and not cleaning algae from the tank anymore. I removed the cave and he is once again cleaning the tank. I know they are nocternal fish but he was not leaving his hiding place for anything. He is only 2" long, maybe he won't be so nervous once he grows some more.

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Debra - 2006-03-17
I just purchased a pair of juliis. I bought one at first and then found out that they are schooling fish and will not do well alone. Well when I finally got the other one (local lfs out of them for several weeks) the first cory went crazy. He was so excited to have a mate and since then they are inseparable. They are also pretty active and fun to watch. They are always swimming over and around each other, rarely more than an inch apart. So, if you want these cuties in your tank definitely get at least two and four is recommended. Unfortunately due to my tank size and the number of fish I already had I could only get two, but they seem happy to have each other.

So far very easy to maintain. Just feed them and watch them "vacuum" the bottom of the tank with their fascinating barbels. I would recommend this fish to anyone, but especially to someone with a smaller tank, since they only get 2" long when fully grown.

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sammy_a - 2006-03-09
He is shy, spending most time in his cave. however, at night he comes out and re-aranges my tank, digging in the gravel and moving my plants! he eats loads too!

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The connells - 2006-03-05
Our cories breed like mad!
We started with a core group of 13 wee piggies, and they started chasing at about a yr from then. Their 'herdlike' living structure, dominated by the two largest 'sows', falls to pieces during mating season (which seems to be all the time nowadays). The males swarm/chase whomever's in heat all over the tank, till she find a tight hiding spot, pops out a few eggs to her fins, and dashes out of hiding to lay. Alas, there's no privacy, the lads are on her! Another mad dash, and some eggs are quickly and surreptisciously deposited under leaves, against the filter pipe, on rock edges, hard to reach walls, etc. We never expected a litter of piglets; the other pigs have learned to be opportunistic feeders and the tank also contains a 'gourmet-loving' longfin koi angel, and a 10" plec who guarantees to clean all but the best hidden eggs.

During a filter change, my husband came running from the bathtub, where he'd been cleaning the filter, holding his hands out in front of him, yelling blue murder. I expected to see blood and he opened his hands to reveal two gelatinous pink babies. They'd been sucked into the filter, lived in the crawlspace at the bottom of the eheim, survived the filterwater dump thru the bottom spigot, and a few terrified and chancy moments on the bottom of the tub in order to pull off their Great Escape. My husband and I regularly do our part now in the 'resistance'!
Spec:
50G
Eheim 2217, changed every 2-3 mos
50% h20-x weekly,
pH 6.4 avg,
80F
30 bulb 12hr on/off
live/fake foliage mix,
brown gravel/sand substrate mix
wood/stone decos (lots of crevices)
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