Suckermouth catfish (COMMON PLEC)

Caring for your Plecostomus

I’m territorial and don’t get on well with my own kind unless I’m very small and live in a large aquarium. I’m HUGE when fully grown so need a large tank.

Please provide plenty of safe spots to hide during the day (I can become quite shy and distressed if not). I need to chew on wood in my tank, and like decorations such as caves, stones and plants.

Feed me plenty of fresh vegetables. I love King British Algae Wafers (with IHB) - perfect for bottom feeders like me because they’re designed to sink.

Species Profile

Scientific Name: Hypostomus plecostomus

Family: Loricariidae

Adult Size: 30-60cm long

Temperature: 24-28 degrees Celcius

Fun Fact: Plecs like to have an area of the aquarium to call their own and will defend it using sharp spines on their fins.