Scientific Names There are many species of fish that are commonly called Plecostomus or Plecos by aquarium hobbyists. Hypostomus plecostomus and several other species also appear on this page.
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Comments Plecostomus are funny looking and most people enjoy having one in their aquarium. There are many species of Plecostomus, and almost all species tend to stay out of the light and many species of Plecostomus are nocturnal, which means they hide in a dark place when the lights are on and come out when the lights are off.
Plecostomus catfish constantly clean algae off the surfaces of everything. They are very good aquarium fish, but they are not a substitute for cleaning your aquarium and changing some of the water. Click here for more about regular aquarium maintenance.
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Most Plecostomus species are rather fragile when small. By the time they have grown to 2" they are stronger; at 2.5" they are tough, and at 3.5" they are very tough. It's probably best to buy one that is at least 2.5" long.
Here is a picture of a Bushy Nose Plecostomus that Wally Billingham gave us permission to use. Thanks Wally. I think this is a picture of one fish and its reflection in the glass of the
aquarium. This fish is a member of the Ancistrus genus, and Wally's picture shows lots of bushy "whiskers".
Appropriate Home An aquarium with an exterior power filter with a BIO-Wheel, a maximum of 1/4 inch of gravel, and an aquarium heater adjusted to between 72 and 80 degrees. Plecostomus Catfish can tolerate cooler water, perhaps down to 65 degrees F., provided the water temperature decreases gradually over a period of days. Click here for more about warm water aquariums.
Plecostomus Catfish enjoy Cichlid Stones, which are hollow ceramic aquarium caves that make ideal homes for Plecostomus. Click here for more about Cichlid Stones.
Here is another picture of a Bushy Nose Plecostomus that was contributed by Wally Billingham, who gave us permission to use it. In this picture you can see in detail the mouth that this fish uses to suck onto the glass of aquariums.
Bushy Nose Plecos., like the one shown above, rarely grow longer than 5", and they are very good aquarium fish. We recommend them for most aquariums. Whereas, the regular Plecostomus, which is shown in the video at the top of this page, can grow to be over 30" long and become too big for most aquariums.
Recommended Diet Floating Flake Food for Tropical Fish. Plecostomus will actually swim upside down at the surface of the water to eat floating flake food, which is available in most stores that sell pet fish. Hikari makes sinking foods specifically for bottom feeding catfish. This food is very good for Plecostomus and is available in most stores that sell pet fish.
Always be very careful not to feed more than your fish can eat quickly, because uneaten food will spoil and pollute the aquarium water. Click here for more about feeding fish. Plecostomus Catfish do not seem to eat worms such as Black Worms. Click here for more about Black Worms.
In the past we fed most fish several type of food to
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Two pictures of a nice Plecostomus species about 8" long that was gnawing on a piece of driftwood, as these pictures were taken.
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Compatibility One Plecostomus Catfish in an aquarium is enough. They are the best algae eaters, but they'll eat almost anything else too. They will not keep your aquarium clean. Click here for more about regular aquarium maintenance.
Above, a wonderful Bushymouth Plecostomus, shown just above, lives in a 55-gallon aquarium with lots of mature Angelfish. But this fish is difficult to find, because it's usually hiding underneath or inside an ornament. Still when it does appear, it's a real treat to see !!
Above, another mysterious Plecostomus species living in the same aquarium. This is possibly a Bristlenose female.
Above, five pictures of a young White Spotted Plecostomus. These catfish are raised by fish farmers and are very good aquarium fish. The scientific name is Glyptoperichthys joselimaianus, and there are two L-numbers: L001 and L022. Click here to buy this fish now.
Above, a young Marbled Sailfin Plecostomus. These are also raised by fish farmers and are very good aquarium fish. The scientific name is Pterygoplichthys gibbiceps, and there are two L-numbers: L083 and L165. Click here to buy this fish now.
Above, a Gold Marbled Sailfin Plecostomus relaxing in one of our aquariums. ;^ }
of a a nice wild Plecostomus, which is some sort of Royal Pleco., which is no longer being exported from the Amazon River basin.
Above, this is a so-called Trinidad Pleco, the commonest Plecostomus in the Aquarium Hobby. It a nice energetic fish, but it can grow to be huge.
Above, three pictures of a wonderful aquarium fish, the Emperor Pleco, which has the L-Number, L204.
Above, two beautiful Long Fin Plecos, a young Golden Long Fin Pleco and a Long Fin Pleco, both photographed by one of us in one of our aquariums. This species eats a lot of algae and can be quarrelsome with other Plecos but is not too aggressive. This is a very good and very pretty aquarium fish.
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