Plecostomus

Bristlenose Pleco (Ancistrus temminckii)Bristlenose Pleco (Ancistrus temminckii)
The bristlenose pleco, Ancistrus temminckii and related species, is a wonderful fish to have. They come from South America. There are dozens...
Clown Plecostomus (Peckoltia vittata)Clown Plecostomus (Peckoltia vittata)
Clown Plecos have the basic body shape of all plecos. The have a tan and dark brown banded appearance....
Common Pleco (Pterygoplichthys pardalis)Common Pleco (Pterygoplichthys pardalis)
Hypostomus plecostomus is often referred to as the Common Pleco, and is very widely available. Unfortunately, many beginning aquarists do no...
Gold Nugget Pleco (Baryancistrus sp L177, L085, L018)Gold Nugget Pleco (Baryancistrus sp L177, L085, L018)
The Gold Nugget Pleco is truly one of the most beautiful of plecos readily available in the hobby today. There are 3 similar forms from the ...
Leopard Pleco (Glyptoperichthys gibbiceps)Leopard Pleco (Glyptoperichthys gibbiceps)
The Pleco or Plecostomus are nocturnal so it is best to feed them in the evening just before turning out the lights. A word of caution, they...
Para Pleco (Peckoltia sabaji)Para Pleco (Peckoltia sabaji)
A confunsing fish in terms of classification. Belonging, at one time or another, to the genera ancistomus and hemiancistrus, this fish is no...
Plecostomus L147 (Peckoltia sp. l147)Plecostomus L147 (Peckoltia sp. l147)
Almost never imported intentionally, L147 is most often found as a contaminant in shipments of wild-caught Clown Plecos (Panaque maccus). It...
Rubbernose Pleco (Chaetostoma milesi)Rubbernose Pleco (Chaetostoma milesi)
A rather shy pleco at times, the rubberlipped appears to be mostly nocturnal. He's right on the glass at the front when the lights go out. A...
Snowball Pleco (Baryancistrus sp. LDA33)Snowball Pleco (Baryancistrus sp. LDA33)
This pleco acclimatizes well to aquariums, preferring areas of dense cover away from bright lights. Decor should be arranged such that there...
Spotted Medusa Pleco (Ancistrus sp. l255)Spotted Medusa Pleco (Ancistrus sp. l255)
These fish necessitate clean water, free of nitrogenous contaminants. As timid feeders, they must be established on a steady diet of bloodwo...
Starlight Bristlenose Pleco (Ancistrus sp. l182)Starlight Bristlenose Pleco (Ancistrus sp. l182)
Provide an aquarium of at least 40 gallons for this species. The tank should be furnished with enough rocks, driftwood, and plants to provid...
Whiptail Pleco (Rineloricaria fallax)Whiptail Pleco (Rineloricaria fallax)
The whiptail comes from shallow, fast flowing streams, so some water movement is required. Broad leaved plants are recommended and are rarel...
Zebra Pleco (Hypancistrus zebra)Zebra Pleco (Hypancistrus zebra)
The Zebra Pleco is an opportunistic feeder in the wild though they scavenge on fallen fruits and decaying vegetable matter (as is expected o...
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About Plecostomus

Plecostomus are large algae eating fish from South and Central America. They are known in the aquarium hobby as "Sucker Fish", "Suckers", or even just "Algae Eaters". There are many different types of Plecostomus and many of them require very different water parameters, food and cover. To see which Plecostomus species would be suit your aquarium, click on a link to the left.