Species group: Catfish
Other common names: Amazon Sailfin Pleco, Common Plecostomus, Janitor Fish, Sucker Fish
Scientific name: Pterygoplichthys pardalis
The Common Pleco is a member of the armored catfish family. It is a bottom dweller that is found in slow moving rivers and flooded areas in the Amazon River basin. Common Plecos are very popular freshwater aquarium fish due to their appearance and ability to eat algae.
The Common Pleco has 11-13 dorsal rays (back fin spines).
They can be kept in a community tank with medium to large fish, including Cichlids. Pterygoplichthys pardalis grow to a large size however (to 50 cm / 24 inches), and need to be housed in a very large tank of at least 120 gallons.
outdoor pond, tank leftover food
smaller tanks, terrible algae eater, length, biggest fish, larger tank
Great to have in the tank.
I have had a large tank with a lot of other fish in it and having a couple of these bottom feeders really helped keep the tank clean. They were no trouble at all to have and, though most of the time they stayed in the shadows at the bottom, they would sometimes clean the sides and it was really neat to see them working through the glass. This is one I highly recommend if you have a large tank with a lot of other fish!.
From EllieB Jan 4 2019 7:55PM