Plecostomus

Plecostomus refers to a freshwater fish that feeds on algae. They are also known as “sucker fish”. Their power to clean fish tanks by wiping out and eating algae makes them super famous.

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Care of Fish
Freshwater Aquariums
Plecostomus

Do algae eaters eat dead fish?

yes algae eaters do eat dead fish because as i type this my algae eater is feasting on a dead goldfish!

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Why does my plecostomus hide?

They are nocturnal, most active at night. When all the other fish sleep, they clean the tank of algae. They also do not like bright lights and hide from them.

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Can you eat Hypostomus plecostomus?

You can eat anything but it is safe to eat Plecostomus if it was not a pet at any time. If it was ever a pet it was most likely put in water with certain chemicals that are dangerous to humans in consumed. However they are not the easiest things to catch in the wild and don't have much meat on them.

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Butterflies and Moths
Plecostomus
Ladybugs
Lettuce

Can butterfly plecostomus eat lettuce leaves?

Yes, as long as you clean and boil them first. be sure to remove whatever does not get eaten after a few hours. Sliced Zucchini is also good to feed them.

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Betta and Siamese Fighting Fish
Plecostomus

Can Plecostomus live with a male betta?

No, I put my plocostomus in with my male Betta fish, even though she was bigger, he killed in an hour.

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Yes, but keep in mind they have different water requirements.

If a pleco dies when kept with a betta it's more likely to be due to tanks size and water quality issues rather than the betta killing it.

Bettas are top dwelling fish, while plecos are bottom dwellers. Unless in a small container there won't generally be much interaction.

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What vegetables are safe to feed your plecostomus?

Yes they can eat vegitables, Plecostomus are Herbivores. Some people call them carnivores because they suck onto your fish. However this only happens if they are starving, They are not trying to eat your fish they are just trying to suck the algae off of them. This can kill the other fish because it also sucks the slime off of them.

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What is the lifespan of a plecostomus?

They can live up to about 10 years if properly cared for.

--> I have a pleco that has lived in a 20gallon tank for 18-1/2 years

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Can plecostomus fish survive in pond water with ice on it?

No, they are tropical fish but can live in cold water aquariums if you keep the water around 74 degrees. The Plecostomus will die in water below 60' but don't push them, They are meant for tropical aquariums.

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Care of Fish
Freshwater Aquariums
Goldfish
Plecostomus

What temperature should a plecostomus fish be kept at?

A good temperature is anywhere from 74 to 82 degrees Fahrenheit (23 to 28 degrees Celsius).

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Home & Garden
Water Fountains and Ponds
Plecostomus
Koi

Can a Plecostomus be put in a koi pond?

It isn't really recommended because it is a tropical fish but can live with koi if it doesn't get too cold.

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Care of Fish
Plecostomus

What do sucker fish eggs look like?

I believe they look like little, tiny cotton balls the size of a dime.

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What do you feed a sucker fish home remedy?

Sliced Cucumbers are a delicacy to most algae eating bottom feeder fish! Just attach something to it so it will sink. :)

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Betta and Siamese Fighting Fish
Plecostomus

Can tropical fish eat betta fish food?

Yes. For most tropical fish, it would probably be better for them. Most tropical fish require a high protein diet. So if you can afford better food, then by all means, go the extra mile. your fish will seriously appreciate it!

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Goldfish
Plecostomus

Which plecostamus can go with goldfish?

Yes. They should be fine. Just keep the water at about 73+ degrees Fahrenheit.

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Plecostomus

What country are pleco native too?

They are native to South america

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Plecostomus

What habitat would be best for a white sucker fish?

Like for a fish tank? In that case, I'd recommend a 50+ gallon sparce dirt/graval tank with driftwood, long stones and maybe a cave/wide arch of some kind for it to hide in. Try not to use plants because they would be either eaten or uprooted. And keep the water tropical, a nice 73 to 83 degrees. Have fun! :)

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Plecostomus

Can plecos live with jaguar cichlids?

If it's large enough. If the Pleco is too small, the Jaguar Cichlid will try to eat it and the Pleco's plating and spiked fins will either choke it going in, or injure it comin' out! Either way, they will both die.

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Home & Garden
Water Fountains and Ponds
Plecostomus

Can a Plecostomus live in an outdoor pond?

Unless you are heating the pond or it has a natural hotspring than they can not live outdoors except where it doesn't get below 72'Farhenheight year round. Everywhere in the US gets below 72'F at some point of the year so they generally should not live outdoors.

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If you live in Texas or Florida, you can do it...the plecos purchased in US fish stores are pond-bred in Florida, and the pleco has established itself in Florida waterways.

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Care of Fish
Freshwater Aquariums
Plecostomus

What food does pleco eat?

A pleco is a species of catfish which can grow up to 18 inches long. It is a bottom dweller that eats some algae, but would prefer anything else it can find. You can feed it slices of cucumber, lettuce, other leafy green vegetables, and/or algae wafers from the store. It may take it a little time to recognize the vegetables as food, but it will love them! You can make them easier to eat by putting them in a bowl with a little bit of water (enough to cover them) and microwaving for 15-20 seconds. Then cool them down (rinse under cold water) and put them in the tank. Sometimes you have to tie them or clip them to something heavy to make them sink.

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Seahorses
Orcas (killer whales)
Plecostomus

Can plecostomus live in cold water?

The coldest water recommended for them is 72 degrees Fahrenheit but they prefer higher, up to 82'F.

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Can a plecostomus live in a pond in ga?

It can if the temperature doesn't get below about 72 degrees Fahrenheit which is very unlikely. So no they can not.

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Can a plecostomus fish live outside?

In South America, where they come from, they all live outside. They would only be able to live outside where the temperature range is always warmer. I currently have one in my pond which he loves. Since he is a tropical fish I will have to bring him back inside when the weather turns cooler and the water temperature become colder.

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Aquarium Fish Species
Plecostomus

What is the name of the fish which sticks to the fish tank?

They are called Plecostmus, or Plecos for short. Starfish also stick to the side of the glass.

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Care of Fish
Fish
Plecostomus

Why is your fishes scales coming off?

It's either got a scale disease or the ornaments in the tank are too rough. Sometimes the fish fight and chew each other's scales off, but this is rare.

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Plecostomus

What is a plecostomus?

A Plecostomus is a Tropical Fish from South America. They are often called "Sucker Fish" because they are seen sucking on the glass. They feed mainly on algae and/or algae wafers when they are kept as pets.

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