Acquired: Fish / pet store
Posted May 31, 2014
AKA "common plecostomus" is an excellent fish for an aquarium. Ours was named Spot. He would watch us watching him. One day our cat was watching him and batted the acquarium, then Spot jumped at him. He scared the cat! Spot was very aware of what was going on around him.
He got along well with the other fish. He would hang on the glass and move around as he cleaned it. Sometimes he would sift through the pebbles in the tank, eating the algae and keeping the tank clean. Note that you must feed them food in addition to what they clean in the tank. They will starve if you do not feed them.
We learned that plecos like Spot absolutely love cucumbers. Take a thick slice of cucumber, use a binder clip to weight it down, and then drop it in the tank. Spot used to eat the inside of the slice clean in about a day. It was his favorite meal. Otherwise, we fed him algae disks which easily found at any pet store.
If you choose to get your own Spot, be aware that they grow to be quite large, and will need a large tank at some point in their life. Ours grew to be about 11 inches long.