RE: NANFA--OT: "Plecostomus" was "not thinking-long"

Hoover, Jan J ERDC-EL-MS (
Fri, 23 May 2003 11:29:48 -0500

Spike wrote:
>>>I have had a plec in my pond now for well over a year here in Fl. and it
survived all the cold snaps thrown at it. The plec is growing like a

Jan replies:

The rules are different in springs, spring-fed streams, Hawaii, and Florida
(especially south Florida). Temperatures may not get cold enough long
enough. That's how local populations of plecos and sailfins get established
and probably one of the reasons they have not dispersed substantially
northward from South Florida despite being there for several decades now.

I know of one adult plecostomus that successfully inhabited a Louisiana
garden pond for almost two years. Apparently, winter temperatures were
tolerable the first year but not the second.

More info on plecostomus and sailfins here:
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