Common Plecostomus

Liposarcus pardalis, Liposarcus multiradiatus, Hypostomus punctatus

The common pleco is commonly sold as a cleaner fish for aquariums. What people do not realize is that the common pleco grows too large for many aquaria. They grow to 18-24 inches, and some specimen grow up to 3 feet. Due to the large size, common plecos are not reccommended for any aquarium under 150 gallons. Contrary to popular belief, they are not great eaters of algae, and prefer to munch on green veggies, and may suck the slime off of other fish, particularly disc-shaped fish such as angelfish. They are large producers of waste. Their waste will foul the water quickly in small tanks, and the resulting excessive nitrates will cause more algae growth. So if you are considering getting a common pleco to help keep your tank clean, you might want to consider something else.


Maximum size: 18-24 inches

Minimum tank size: 150 gallons

Water requirements: 78-80° F, will adapt to a wide range of water chemistry

Breeding: egg layer


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