Since it’s Friday and everyone’s feeling a little crazy, how about this crazy looking fish called the Plecostomus! I have had a lot of experience with these fish because almost every tank I’ve owned, a Pleco was in it. It’s because they are excellent algae eaters and will keep your aquarium looking VERY clean! They spend a lot of their time just sucking on the side of your aquarium. Plecos also grow very large, up to 18 inches as an adult. So before you buy one, make sure your aquarium is large enough to house it as an adult.
As the Plecostomus becomes older, you may want to feed it more algae wafers that sink to the bottom so they get enough nutrients. As far as Pleco fish care goes, it is relatively easy. They really don’t have strict water requirements which is why they are recommended for beginners.
Scientific Name: Hypostomus plecostomus
Natural Habitat: South America
Common Names: Pleco, Suckerfish, Suckmouth Catfish
Beginner Fish: Yes! Care level is easy to moderate.
Adult Size: 18 inches.
Life Span: 10-15 years.
Tank Mates: Many fish since Plecos are peaceful. I even had one in with my Piranhas!
Tank Size: 55 gallons for adult fish. Minimum 20 gallons for juvenile.
Tank Region: Bottom.
Water Temperature: 73°F – 82°F
Water pH: 6.5 – 7.5
Feeding: They are Herbivores. Feed algae wafers.
Gender: Male and Female show no differences.