Royal pleco plumping up

icptoke3

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Hi, my royal pleco I've had about a year now recently got extra plump. I added a piece of driftwood from one of my other tanks and he went to town on it. Is he just a fatty, or is there something wrong with him? He definitely sucked on that wood nonstop for about a week. There was previously wood in there already so I didnt think it would make a difference. Any opinions or suggestions for me? I havent been able to test the water yet but my albino bristlenose and bachir eel are doing fine.

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FJB

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Hopefully others more knowledgeable of pleco stuff than myself may chime in, however, I would say that does not look good.
If it were me, and this was a situation with a different fish, I would think about using Epson salt. With your beautiful royal pleco, I just don't know.
Good luck, hopefully others will be able to better help.
 
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Remove the wood for a few days. See if it goes down. If not better than dose some Epsom salt, 1-3 tbsp per 5g, and kanamycin.
 

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Usually spirulina flakes, sometimes cichlid flakes, shrimp pellets, occasionally fresh zucchini. Been awhile for the zucchini though
 
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