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What is a Pleco?

What is a Pleco?

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A Pleco fish is a bottom-feeding alga eating fish typically acquired for freshwater aquariums originally from South America. They are those “suckerfish”. 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.

Why?

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.

Plecos and Plants – Which Catfish to Keep With Plants

Plecos and Plants – Which Catfish to Keep With Plants

They are equally popular in aquariums and they can often live together in harmony. Plecos are a sort of catfish that belong to the Loricariidae family, but a lot of them will inflict considerable harm on a planted aquarium, become extremely demanding or need high levels of algae to eat.

There are numerous unique groups of catfish and it’s recommendable for beginners and people keeping a delicately planted aquarium to stay with Hypoptopomatinaes. This group comprises members of Otocinclus, Parotocinclus, Hypoptopoma, and Microlepidogaster, as well as the benefit of those species, is that these fish remain small, normally within a couple of inches.

Though they like to eat algae, the bane of many an aquarium, they will largely leave your plants alone. However, this isn’t true with all Plecos and additionally, some species won’t just wreak havoc in the aquarium but have extremely demanding has to be maintained successfully. Worker catfish in the Ancistrinae, members of the genus Ancistrus are possible the ideal worker catfish you could keep, more popularly called bushy nose plecos.

However, it’s important to know that some species of Ancistrus will do a great deal of harm to crops and this pleco will expect plenty of your time to maintain successfully. This is a result of the fact they generally require a strong current, quite specific water temperatures and a high amount of oxygen from the primary body of water. If you’re arranging a Dutch aquascape, it’s advised to keep to some of the species over. If you’re not an advanced hobbyist, it’s an excellent idea to try to keep clear of Farlowella, which can be very efficient algae eaters.

This might appear ideal to start with, but they’re so efficient at absorbing algae it’s possible for them to clean an aquarium in a couple of days and then starve to death afterward. Along with these almost all Hypostomus and Glytopterichthys, more commonly called sailfin Plecos, will grow to extremely large sizes and love to eat crops. Some Plecos are much easier on crops and are, in contrast, relatively easy to keep successfully.

Research to the individual species should provide a firm idea of what could be successfully kept with plants and what might need more attention from one to maintain life in the aquarium harmonious. When picking algae eaters, it’s an excellent idea to wait for a few algae to be found in the tank, to make certain that they’ll always have enough to eat and don’t become ill as the aquarium becomes apparent. With live aquarium plants, you are able to overcome all the difficulties of a non-planted aquarium. You can improve the standard of your aeration, filtration, food and algae control. You can enhance the lives of your fish.