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Trimar Aquaria and Reptiles

  • Common Pleco Medium

Common Pleco Medium


Common name: Common Pleco, Trinidad Plecostomus

Scientific name: Hypostomus Plecostomus

Average Adult Fish Size: 1 – 2 feet  /  30-60 cm

Place of Origin: Central and South America

Typical Tank setup: S. American biotope with rocks, caves, driftwood/bogwood, and sturdy, well-rooted plants.

Recommended Minimum Aquarium Capacity: 10 gallon  /  40 litre when small,  50 – 100 gallon  /  200 –  400 litre when large.

Compatibility: A lot of different fish species can be housed together with common pleco, but fat or flat bodied fish – such as goldfish and discus – should be avoided since plecos can be fond of sucking on such fishes.

Temperature: 68 – 82 Degrees F  /  20 – 28 Degrees C

Water chemistry: pH 6.4 – 7.7

Feeding:  Feed a varied diet of algae wafers, spirulina based flakes and pellets along with frozen brine shrimp. Vegetables such as lettuce, cucumbers, spinach leaves, and green beans are appreciated. Larger specimens will also readily eat market shrimp and fish fillets. They like to gnaw on wood, so keeping driftwood/bogwood in the aquarium is important.

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