Aquarium Pleco Fish, Plecostomus Catfish Species Care Guide

Aug 2, 2005 - My pleco is rather large, and I have heard of them eating sick small fish..
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As far as other fish species you have a very large spectrum of choices. Other fish have a tendency to leave them alone just because they said on the bottom and don’t really do anything except feed. To mention that their skin is known as an armor in the fish species habitat. It really doesn’t seem like a fish that you would want to fight with (to other fish). The stories you do read one Fish actually come after them and set up in a bad scenario. The top of the Pleco is very pointy and fish will have great deal of issues trying to eat it.
I have kept larger Plecos for years and they are rarely aggressive towards any of my other fish
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3. I would stick with the bristlenose plecos, as they are smaller and with a proper tank setup, you could pretty easily have one male and two females. I’m not sure how the separate species would get along, as I don’t know many people who have tried to keep them together. But as for the clown pleco, I know they are rarely seen in a tank, so they’re not great if you like seeing the fish. And the butterfly pleco tends to need larger aquariums, so they aren’t a great choice either. As many fish in this family, the royal pleco has the potential to grow quite large. Most royal plecos reach a length of 15 to 17 inches (38 to 43 cm) as adults.
Photo provided by FlickrJul 12, 2011 - Craig Beauchamp shares a word of caution about providing adequate shelter for aquarium fish such as plecos and large catfish on that fish blog.
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Unlike many other plecos, the species normally sold under the name Common pleco are territorial and keeping two or more large Common plecos together is rarely it good idea. It might work out fine, but you are definitely taking a risk and you should be prepared to evacuate promptly if they fail to tolerate each other. Different individuals have different temperaments and the temperament can also change gradually as the fish ages. The risk for violence is probably lower if you combine large common plecos from different species with each other, but more research is necessary before we can say anything for sure. An interesting exception is the Bristlenose catfish ( Ancistrus dolichopterus ), a lot of aquarists have managed to keep more than one Bristlenose catfish in the same aquarium (regardless of fish size).The common pleco is famous for its ability to keep the aquarium algae free, but you should always supplement the natural algae growth with additional food to make sure that your common pleco receives all necessary nutrients. The pleco is an omnivorous species, but meaty food should only make up a small part of its diet. For small plecos, uneaten scraps of the meaty food you serve other omnivores in the aquarium will often be enough. Large plecos can be given shrimps and fish fillets once in a while. Since the species sold under the name common pleco can become so big, the fishes will eventually need big aquariums. If you purchase common pleco for your small aquarium you must therefore be prepared to eventually get a bigger aquarium or find a new home for your common pleco. Large adult specimens normally need at least 200 - 375 litres (roughly 50 - 100 gallons) since they can reach a length of 30-60 cm (roughly 1-2 feet).Can I URGE all of you to read up on your fish (especially plecos) before you buy them! Make sure you have enough room for them when they are full grown and that you are feeding them correctly! Also... as with any tank make sure you check the water parameters at regular intervals especially if you have just set up a tank. A lot of plecs are really expensive and can grow very large. If you lose one because of no forward planning, that is a lot of money wasted and a beautiful fish killed because of your ignorance!