Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Aquarium Algae Eaters

Hypostomus plecostomus.
Plecos are ideal in a very large tank ( 300 liters and up ), with other large feature fish. Include some drift wood for them to use as a resting place and retreat. They are nocturnal so it is usually best to feed them at night time.
Omnivorous. They do eat algae. As well green foods such as lettuce and peas, cucumbers, plus vegetable-based flake foods. Will also accept small live or frozen foods.
They will eat any fish that can fit into their mouth. Also, they have been know to latch onto the side of larger fish. They can be quitedestructive when moving around the tank, lashing plants and dislodging rocks with a swipe of their powerful tails.
Plecos will often eat the plants in the aquarium.
They grow up to 60 cm, need a pH around 7 and temperature 25'C.

Photo by Dusko Bojic

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