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Is it normal for plec's poo to float? Some sinks to the bottom, but I find some floating almost every morning in the left top corner. I vac the tank at least once or twice a week, but it's there, pretty much every day. I pick what I see floating out with a square of toilet paper (dye and perfume free). But I thought it was a little odd. Could it be from the driftwood they munch on?

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That's... not normal, but I don't know what could be the cause. I've never had plec poo float on me...

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What are you feeding your plec? Poo behaves similarly to what is in it. Some types of fibre float. Fat floats.

Is there anything he's eating that might cause it?

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The normal food is tetramin flakes everyday. Every 2 weeks or so I give them a chunk of zucchini or a algae disk. But there is a huge piece of driftwood in the tank and a few plants, anubia, water sprite, and crypt. I don't get it. They don't get anything special with a high fat content. Oh, I just remembered... I also give them the algae that grows under the hood of the tank about every 2 weeks or so.

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None of those sound to me like they'd make the poo float

I've never had any of mine make their poo float. Do you have an airstone in the tank? Possibly near where the plecs like to hang out? Only thing I could imagine is it rides the bubbles to the top and manages to sit err hang out in that corner till you find it.


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I have bubblers, on my tanks and do not have floating poo. I don't think that's it.

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Such a nice subject

Regardless of Animal or fish
Fatty "Poo" floats
Non Fatty "Poo" sinks
Medium 50/50 stays about mid water.

The reason the "Poo" is floating from your fish it is eating "Fatty Foods"

Stop feeding fatty foods and it will sink.
Give a feed of cooked green peas to clean it out first.

To check what food is fatty is to feed one food at a time try 3 days and see what happens.

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Mystery solved! A while back, I told everyone about how the Pims would terrorize the plecs at feeding time. The Sailfin (Sailor) found a way around this by swimming to the top, and floating upside down. He would then eat the flakes from the top of the tank without the Pims being the wiser. I have finally noticed teeny, tiny air bubbles in the poo strings that keep them floating. I guess Sailor is gulping air as he is feeding at the top and passing gas when he poops!

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