Monday, February 16, 2015
Plecostomus - Aquarium Fish - Giant Algae Eater
The negative, when concerning community tanks, is that they really don't have much of a personality, they like to be left alone, and act sort of like a living machine that only sleeps and works/eats with no play. The other shortcomings are not so short, as the fish can often grow too large for a regular tank! I've heard of them growing 2 foot long before, so if you only have a 29 gallon tank or less, for example, you do the math.
They are very hardy/tough, too. I've seen them survive in bad conditions when others have flopped. Not that keeping a tank under poor conditions is recommended, but such things can happen with the slightest mishap and during brief bouts of neglect. At any aquatic rate, if you are looking for a remedy for your algae problems, this is the one you need to add to your aquarium! I mean literally "one," as you will only need 1 per tank and it's not a good idea to add more Plecos for this style of competition in any semi-normal tank; trust me.. :)
If you are fairly new to the aquarium hobby and would like some beginner tips, visit an old blog post of mine, here: perpendicularity.org/blog/2010/05/04/freshwater-aquariums-a-scenic-decorative-hobby/
Image Credit: Wikimedia Commons - Source = en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Loricariidae
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