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Leopard Frog AKA Imperial Tiger Pleco
Leopard Frog Pleco (Peckoltia compta), also known as the Imperial Tiger Pleco, is a member of the Loricariidae family of South American suckermouth catfishes. Its bright yellow and black, zebra-like striping combined with its relatively outgoing personality make it a very striking fish for the planted or nano aquarium.
The yellow tang (Zebrasoma flavescens) is a saltwater fish species of the family Acanthuridae. It is one of the most popular aquarium fish.
The yellow tang was first described by English naturalist Edward Turner Bennett as Acanthurus flavescens in 1828 from a collection in the Hawaiian Islands. Its species name is the Latin adjective flavescens “yellow”.
Yellow tang are in the surgeonfish family.
A Pleco fish is a bottom feeding algae eating fish typically acquired for freshwater aquariums originally from South America.
They are those “sucker fish”.
Plecos prefer warmer water and are pretty self-sufficient.
They eat the green algae in the tank and excess food off the bottom that the other fish can’t or don’t.
They clean when you don’t want to.
One of the girls at the pet store loved them, one hated them.
Well, the girl that loved them loved them for all the reasons I mentioned above plus they are laid back fish…They’ll find a small crevice or spot to hide during daylight and chill out. Then, they’ll come out at night and clean/eat, but keep to themselves.
The girl that hated them found that they grow very quickly and “when they poop, the pieces are long and stringy that float around the tank”.
The first girl never felt she had this problem with her plecos at home.
Personally, I went home to ponder these dilemmas, as I was preparing for a trip away from home for 1.5 weeks.
What Did I Do?
I got 1 very small pleco, the smallest one I could find, to assist with the cleaning of the tank while I was away.
Apparently, my mother says the tank looks immaculate…although I only have 1 goldfish in the 10 gallon tank with it.
* By The Way: The pleco did a wonderful job…no algae in site 1.5 weeks later! We named him Mr. Klean – Yes, another “K” name…LOL!
Loaches, also bottom feeders, are an option, but seem to bother the other fish in the tank, from my observations…They never stop moving around. They are “Old World” freshwater fish coming from riverine environments throughout Morocco and Eurasia.