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Plecos can survive out of water for up to 20 hours, and their armor reduces water loss.
Plecostomus Water Requirements

A pH between 7.0 and 8.0, alkalinity between 3° and 10° dKH (54 ppm to 180 ppm) and temperature between 74° and 80° F will suffice for most captive bred species. If the aquarium is kept in a room below 74°, use an Aqueon Aquarium Heater to maintain the proper temperature.

The plecostomus, or suckermouth catfish, is found in fresh and brackish waters and prefers fast-flowing streams and rivers with pebbly substrate. Its coloring varies based on its surroundings and environment. These catfish are sometimes referred to as “janitor fish” for their ability to clean tank algae.
Plecos. Various South American suckermouth catfish are effective algae-eaters. The most popular are the various species sold as “plecos.” The namesake for the group, the common pleco (Hypostomus plecostomus), is an excellent algae-eater but is not the best choice for most hobbyists.
If kept outdoors, plecos do best in tropical to semi-tropical regions. They do just fine in temperature regions as well provided they are not left outside over the winter.
Plecos can be an effective and natural way to control algae in a pool, potentially reducing the need for costly chemicals. They are relatively easy to care for and can thrive in a variety of water conditions.
Plecos are nocturnal, and they require you to turn off the tank lights during the night. Plecos are capable of living in nearly any aquarium if they have clean and treated water, food, and a place to hide when they want to get away.
An aquarium fish can stay up to two days without oxygen (in still water) but they still need some more amount of oxygen to breathe and do their essential daily work.
Most aquarium fish are diurnal, meaning they move about during the day and rest at night. However, some species are nocturnal and prowl at night, spending daylight hours sleeping in a cave or crevice. Certain species of catfish and plecostomus, some knife fish, loaches and others fall into this category.
In general, their water parameters are fairly similar to other tropical fish. They prefer a heated aquarium around 74 to 80°F (23 to 27°C), and they can live a broad pH range of 6.5 to 7.8. Since most plecos are nocturnal, they greatly appreciate any hides or cover you provide to keep them out of the light.
Most deaths are due to inadequate water conditions that might lead to disease and depression, and eventually death. However, Plecos also die due to some other reasons like starvation, bullying, and overcrowding.
Most pleco species are omnivores and will try to eat all the protein they can get. This means they will also take the opportunity to feast off of dead fish. Even bristlenose plecos or clown plecos, who are mostly herbivores (plant-eating), will not hesitate to eat dead fish or even shrimp/snails.
In some cases, plecos can live for up to 30 hours out of the water, because of oxygen stored inside their stomach! So, you just noticed your pleco has jumped out of the tank, don`t panic! It`s important to take action as soon as possible, for it to have a chance to survive.
It`s uncommon for plecos to jump out of their tank, but it certainly happens. This is most likely due to poor water quality, stress, overstocking, or tank size.
Most tap water has chlorine in it, which can be harmful to your pleco. You can also make your own using a dechlorinator or purchase it at a pet store. Chlorine can cause chemical burns, stress, or excess ammonia for your fish and their tank.
They can also wriggle on dry land from one water body to another in search of more favorable conditions. Plecos can live up to 30 hours outside water if they store enough oxygen in their bellies — this is why plecos are sometimes seen gulping air at the water`s surface.
In general, their water parameters are fairly similar to other tropical fish. They prefer a heated aquarium around 74 to 80°F (23 to 27°C), and they can live a broad pH range of 6.5 to 7.8. Since most plecos are nocturnal, they greatly appreciate any hides or cover you provide to keep them out of the light.

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How many hours a day should you run your pump? How many hours a day is it safe to run your intex pool pump, to insure a clean pool? I purchased my pool last summer and had major problems all year. When i got my pool my pump did not work and i had to wait a week for a new one to be shipped, well after that i had nothing but problems. My boyfriend said it was not good to let pump run all day but i think hes wrong. Can you give me some good tips on keeping my pool crystal clear?
ANSWER : Some pumps are 24hr 7days pumps some are not and should be on a timer. time usually run for 8 hours max a day. you can get a time from most pool leisure places. the pump will say if its a 24hr pump if not then would say its a timer type.

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Pool about to overflow
ANSWER : Syphon it (see link). It will be easier if it is an above ground pool.

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When I try to vacuum my pool after shocking it,the algae etc. goes through the skimmer & back through the discharge hose into the pool again! I can’t get my pool clean!
ANSWER : Sounds like the filter is either blocked and the algae is by passing it or the filter is missing or got a hole in it

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Saltwater filter system on an INTEX swimming pool.
After putting fresh well water in pool, (5,060 gallons) I put in 120 lbs. of swimming pool salt. I ran the filter for 24 hours then fired up the saltwater chlorinator. After an hour the water went from totally clear to clear but now quite green. Now what? There is still about 1 hour to go on the recommended 5 hour cycle. It’s not clearing up.
ANSWER : Are the require hours properly set as required.In some cases it takes much time in clearing/cleaning the dirt from water.
Set the operating hours using the up arrow button to increase the hours of operation and the down arrow button to decrease the hours of operation. Hours of operation are determined by the amount of water in gallons for the pool size.Re-lock the keypad by pressing and holding the down arrow button for 2 seconds until a long beep is heard, then pressing and holding the up arrow button for another 2 seconds until a second long beep is heard. The green LED light will light up within minutes indicating the system is operating.
It is possible to run the system for a longer period of time than is necessary. However, because chlorine dissipates over time (which is why pool owners must constantly go to the store, constantly purchase, and continually add standard chlorine to their pools), if you happen to run your Saltwater Pool System too long, you can simply begin running it for a shorter period the next day, and your pool will be fine. The best way to determine the optimal length of time to operate your system is to experiment with different operating lengths of time, and to test the amount of chlorine in your pool using the chlorine test strips provided by Intex. See Owner’s Manual for operating time table list. If you have one available.
How long does it take for the Saltwater Pool System to clear the “green” water from my pool? The Intex Saltwater Pool Systems work very quickly, and will immediately begin eliminating bacteria and algae from pool water. However, the exact amount of time needed to transform dirty, dangerous pool water to safe, clean, clear, fresh pool water will depend on a number of factors including how dirty the pool water is to start with, the size of the pool, and the temperature of the outside air.
Will the Saltwater Pool System work even if I use well water? What if I have hard water? Yes, the Saltwater Pool System will work in all water conditions. However, you may find it desirable to treat your water (just as you would if it was being used in your house), if it is hard or has high levels of calcium, etc. Calcium can form white scale on the titanium plates in the electrolytic cell, thus requiring more frequent cleaning. Other than more frequent cleaning, it will not affect the ability of your Saltwater Pool System to perform its functions.
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We have a slow leak coming from beneath the pool (the pool is filled with water) the pool is 18 feet diameter by four feet deep. Is there a way to locate the leak and repair it while filled with water? We do not want to have to drain it –
ANSWER : There is a way to locate leaks that are under water using a red dye that should be available at any pool supply store. It should come with directions, but basically you put the dye in the water and it will flow twards the leak and then you know where the crack/hole/leak is located.

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Have an Intex 12ft x 3ft metal frame pool. Set it up first and filled it and it lost more than half the water overnight. Did everything I was told to find the leak and nothing. Was on hands and knees in pool with blue dye dripping slowly here and there to see if it is sucked through pin holes since I couldn’t find a tear at any seams. Sent back pieces for a replacement liner. Two weeks later we have a new liner fresh from California and are having the SAME problem. What could be going on? The hours we have wasted in this leveling the ground putting up, taking down and putting pool up again… the cost of the water to fill it up twice. This seems to be quite the bottomless money/time pit. Any suggestions?
ANSWER : What is not included in the instructions is the simple ” lay down a bed of filter sand around 3″ thick before placing liner in the pool frame and radius it up at the bottom corners
that sand is necessary because any small pebble , rock or edge will cut the thin liner under water pressure or feet walking in the bottom of the liner
further more , if you use chlorine as a cleaning , antibacterial agent that will cause pin holes in any part of the liner not completely covered by water

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I am renting a home in NJ, and would like to open our pool. I am not very savvy when it comes to inground pools… i tried to figure out how to turn my Hayward S244T Hi Rate Sand Filter on, and get it going. While i did manage to get water pumping into the pool, it was not filtering out.

Can you please explain to me what i am suppose to do, and how to do it. I have an owners manual, but i find it very hard to follow, and everything is already installed, i am just having problems filtering it out.

Christine Mincer

ANSWER : Hello c anna…. Opening up the pool is a pretty big job with lots of steps. That said, here is an excellent link which has all of the steps broken down


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