The plecostomus, or pleco, is a freshwater species of armored catfish belonging to the Loricariidae family. There are more than 150 species of plecos identified today. They are crepuscular and nocturnal. Popular aquarium fish but grows larger than most people realise. It is very hardy and easy to keep. The plecostomus gold spotted has a beautiful chocolate body with gold spots and is best suited for medium to large community aquariums.
The minimum tank size for Plecostomus should be at least 100L. Also, if you want to set up a community tank, you have to prepare more space.
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Because of their mellow nature, there are plenty of tank mates that work well with a Pleco. They are rarely aggressive, but it is best to avoid other large bottom dwellers to reduce competition for food, or during breeding time.
Although Plecostomus are omnivorous, their diet is primarily algae and plant material, wood fibre and crustaceans. Feed them algae wafers, green foods and sinking pellets. Other supplements can be offered include vegetables like blanched spinach, zucchini and peas, brine shrimp, live worms, small crustaceans, and insect based foods. Ensure plenty of natural driftwood in the aquarium to feed on.
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Water quality is vital. This catfish produces a large amount of waste, so an excellent filter with good water flow is essential. Make sure the filter suits for the tank size, and here are some great ones to consider:
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This fish enjoys temperatures between 23 - 29° C. A thermometer is recommended to monitor the water temperature for stability.
Use hardy plants such as anubias and swords, as the plecostomus can damage delicate plants as they move around grazing on algae growths. Adult fish may eat plants if hungry or they have softer leaves.
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Pleco's require driftwood in the aquarium, not only for shelter and somewhere to rest, but for their diet. Sailfin pleco's feed on wood fibre and aids digestion. Other aquarium decorations suitable include caves, terracotta pots and large ornaments big enough to hide in.
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These fish enjoy lower light levels with lots of shade and dark spaces to hide. If keeping live plants, they will need sufficient light to grow. Dimmable LED lighting options are a great idea to adjust lighting as required.
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Aquarium sand is ideal for plecos as they are bottom dwellers and will forage through substrate for food. If you prefer to use gravel, use a smooth and rounded gravel to protect their bodies.
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