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Plecostomus (algae eater)

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While plecostomus and other suckermouth catfish are generally offered as algae eaters, some types are meat-eating, feeding on carion in the wild. Others feed practically specifically on wood, so it is best to investigate the dietary requirements of any types you purchase.
Plecostomus Breeding Level - Difficult
While not much is understood about the spawning habits of lots of rarer types, a reasonable number of suckermouth catfish have actually been reproduced in captivity. For deliberate spawning, a different fish tank must be set up and breeders need to be fed frozen or live foods for a number of weeks to condition them.

Researchers utilize a system of "L" or "LDA" numbers to determine plecostomus types, and at present there are over 500 numbers with more being included each year. The majority of Plecostomus types are native to South America, although a couple of can be discovered in Panama and Costa Rica. The typical pleco, Hypostomus plecostomus, can grow to over 12" and will ultimately require a fish tank of at least 75 gallons, while Otocinclus will be completely content in a 10 gallon tank. Plecostomus tend to be deceptive, so caverns, hollow logs and other size-appropriate hiding locations must be readily available in the fish tank. While plecostomus and other suckermouth catfish are usually offered as algae eaters, some types are meat-eating, feeding on carion in the wild.



The Armored Suckermouths
Plecostomus, or "plecos" as they are typically called, belong to the Family Loricariidae, which is the biggest household of catfish in the world. Researchers utilize a system of "L" or "LDA" numbers to recognize plecostomus types, and at present there are over 500 numbers with more being included each year. Lots of plecostomus can breathe air due to adjustments in their digestion systems.
Natural Habitat for a Plecostomus
A lot of Plecostomus types are native to South America, although a couple of can be discovered in Panama and Costa Rica. They inhabit a large variety of environments, although a number of types have really minimal varieties and are just discovered in specific parts of particular rivers.
Plecostomus Water Requirements
Loricariid catfish are normally discovered in soft water with a low pH in the wild, nevertheless, numerous types offered today are commercially raised and endure a much larger variety of water chemistry. Keep excellent filtering and do a 10% water exchange every 2 weeks or 25% as soon as a month utilizing an Aqueon Aquarium Water Changer or Siphon Vacuum Gravel Cleaner. Do not forget to deal with tap water with Aqueon Water Conditioner prior to refilling your fish tank!
Real Estate Requirements for Plecostomus
The typical pleco, Hypostomus plecostomus, can grow to over 12" and will ultimately require a fish tank of at least 75 gallons, while Otocinclus will be completely content in a 10 gallon tank. Plecostomus tend to be deceptive, so caverns, hollow logs and other size-appropriate hiding locations need to be offered in the fish tank.

Plecostomus Behavior/Compatibility
Loricariids are suitable with the majority of fish tank fish, although tank mates must be approximately the very same size as they are. Big predatory fish might attempt to consume smaller sized pleco's or Otocinclus, resulting in the catfish ending up being lodged in the larger fish's throat.
What Do Plecostomus Eat?

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