Tropical Fish Species | Freshwater Tropical Fish Species: Plecos
Keep the tank peaceful. Plecos prefer mild-mannered fish, such as mollies or angel fish. Avoid aggressive varieties, such as cichlids.
A minimum 55 gallon aquarium is recommended for the Pleco. Although when small they can be kept in a smaller aquarium for a short period of time, these are fast growing fish and will soon need to be moved. Some driftwood or other decor should be provided to give them caves to hide in during the daylight hours. They also like a well planted tank, but use hardy species as they can damage delicate plants as they move around grazing on algae growths. They are also jumpers, so be sure to have a cover on the aquarium.Keeping some wood in the tank offers a number of benefits besides offering a place of refuge. Their rasping action to remove algae from the wood provides a perfect place for more algae to grow maintaining a constant food source for this fish. Also, the cellulose in wood is necessary for their digestive process.
My question is, do I need algae eaters? and if so, which one is best suited? Plecos grow too big and poop a lot, nerite snails lay too many eggs that i dont think I will be able to clean, and any other loaches or siamese fish grow too big….. Would appreciate some help.
I'm a new pleco owner any tips on what fish I can put with him
On of those fish was a red tailed shark and the other was a pleco..
Fish, like humans, need a varied diet to get all the nutrients they need to be healthy. All commercially produced fish foods have to have some type of binder to get the nutrients to the fish. This is usually wheat or soy. Fish cannot break down these binders so this just ends up as waste in your tank. Adding fresh fruits and vegetables into your fish's diet with The Pleco Feeder provides them with easily digestible nutrients to help them thrive.The Gold Nugget Pleco (Baryancistrus sp.) has a few different varieties available. These plecos still often go by "L" numbers even though they were scientifically classified in 2011. The L stands for Loricariidae and the number is the fish. There are three different Gold Nugget Plecos - L018 (and L085), L081 and L177. The one pictured is Baryancistrus xanthellus. They are considered omnivores but mainly eat algae on rocks and driftwood. There are sinking algae wafers and pleco type foods available online or at your local fish store that you can feed them. They may also go after fresh veggies like zuchini and cucumbers.Well I have at the moment a clown pleco. He is very shy and doesn't move around much. I had a normal pleco and it was very active(in a good way) with the other fish. Unfortunately he died because at the moment the top/cover was broken but we fixed it. I suggest fish owners get this fish it is very cool and fun.We have a 125 gallon aquarium with two plecos,one large oscar, and a large convict. Both plecos are about 15 inches long. They are very amusing as they seem to enjoy standing on their heads. They seem to be afraid of the convict we call Lucky. He chases them and the Oscar, which is about 10 inches, around the tank. I enjoy all of these fish.