Category: Aquarium Fish Other
Pleco is a type of freshwater fish that comes from the Loricariidae family. These fish breeds hail from South America and they are great algae eaters, and to distinguish them from little algae eaters, they are habitually mentioned using the common name Plecs or Plecos. They are very popular in aquariums for their skill to clean tanks by consuming dead fish and algae growth. In the wild, they feed at night, but during the daytime, their strange omega irises chunk a lot of light from their eyes, but they are typically open during the nighttime.
The Pleco fish breeds are one among the largest fish in their family that are capable of growing to a maximum length of 24 inches. Pleco fish breeds may turn out to be more violent with age and are best maintained individually in tanks. Due to their potentially big size and violent behavior, less aggressive catfish are preferable. In a properly big tank, a single Pleco fish will live cordially with other tropical fish. These fish breeds can turn over their eyes within their sockets, offering the look of winking. Usually, these fish varieties are restless and rapidly conceal whenever they detect a danger.
The Pleco fish breeds, when brought into an aquarium, will habitually find an enduring resting place, such as inside or under a rock or an ornament, to spend the majority of their time. This turns out to be a home for the fish. If hiding places are not available, they will snooze in the bend of their tanks. Due to this behavior, it is wise that objects that they can get fascinated should not be introduced into their surroundings. Sometimes, it may be difficult to house them in a heavily planted aquarium. This is because some Pleco fish batter their tails to dig a well in the aquarium. It is frequently necessary to replant the plants that they extricate. They can turn out to be violent if their hiding places are occupied by other hiding fish, such as rope fish, brown knife fish and tire track eels.
The Pleco fish breeds are omnivorous, and in the wild, they feed on plant materials. They are not choosy eaters. In planted aquariums, they feed on any food left behind by other fish varieties, including naturally rising algae in the tank. These fish have also been recognized to have a flavor for discus and angelfish mucus. The diet of these fish breeds can be complemented with dipping fish food, usually algae wafers in tanks with no live plants. In tanks, it is also fed with zucchini, lettuce, cucumber, melon and peas, and any semisoft vegetable or fruit. They also fed with shrimp pellets, shrimp and flake fish foods.
The average lifespan of the Pleco fish breed ranges from 10 years to 15 years.