Amazing Facts about Pleco – Videos

by roshi on September 25, 2010

in Aquarium


Pleco, Plecostomus, common algae sucker, Hypostomus plecostomus, Hypostomus punctatus, Pterygoplichthys multiradiatus or Pterygoplichthys pardalis is the algae eater fish and I like mine two plecos as they clean the fish tank from inside 24/7. They are silent workers. They never disturb any other fish and they are good. Several things I did not know about this amazing fish which I think you would be amazed to know. Pleco can survive without water longer than any other fish can. They can use atmospheric oxygen and can survive. This does not means that you try this out by taking the pleco out of your aquarium. Hypostomus Plecostomus are able to breath atmospheric oxygen, as are several other catfish from the Loricariidae family. If the air pump on your tank ever fails, your pleco will survive some time being able to shoot to the surface and take a gulp of air. This means if your pleco is shooting towards the surface in your aquarium that means that your tank is out of oxygen and you need to add more fresh water or check your air pump or filters.

Pleco Plecostomus Sucker Fish Lives out of Water for 4 Hours

Click at the video above to go to the video page and read comments below that video. Several other people agree with this fact.

Hand tamed Plecostomus

Pleco Attacking Piranhas

Pleco won’t take sh*t from any other fish if its mature. Watch the video below.

Pleco Eats Cucumber

Food for Pleco

In planted aquariums pleco will eat any food left behind by other fish as well as naturally growing algae in the tank. In tanks without live plants, their diet can be supplemented with sinking fish food, usually in the form of pellets readily available from a pet store. Although the plecostomus is a known common algae sucker, it requires more than just pellets and tank algae to eat. You can also, and should, feed them: algae wafers, zucchini, cucumber, peas, melon and also any semi-soft fruit or vegetable will do as well. They also can eat shrimp, shrimp pellets and flake fish food.

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