Plecostomus are common mainstays in fish tanks because of their lack of aggression to other fish species. They usually stay at the bottom of the tank or attach themselves to ornaments. Fish owners must make it a point to regularly check the fish’s condition to detect the early signs of possible ailments in order to treat them accordingly.
Plecostomus Fish Care
- Proper water filtration is necessary to keep pleco healthy.
- The pleco should not be placed in acrylic aquariums, considering that large plecos can scratch the acrylic coating.
- Fish owners should apply appropriate measures to retain a higher acidic level of the water, which is more ideal for plecos.
- Care should be taken when introducing another pleco in the tank; the plecostomus is peaceable towards other fish species but can become aggressive to other plecos.
- Maintaining water temperatures between 72 F and 82 F helps prevent stress to the pleco.
Plecostomus Fish Diet
- A pleco should be supplied with food, but it can also scavenge.
- Plecos subsist on algae; fish owners can feed the pleco sinking algae wafers.
- Plecos are nocturnal feeders.
- A pleco eating during the day can indicate that it needs to be fed more.
- Fish owners can supplement the algae wafers with occasional meaty fish meals and vegetables.
Sick Plecostomus Treatment
- Like other freshwater fish species, plecos can become vulnerable to a host of ailments caused by various factors.
- Treatment to be administered will depend on the type of disease that the pleco has.
- Improving the quality of the tank water can greatly contribute to keeping a pleco, as well as other fish, healthy.
- To avoid diseases factors that can cause stress, such as overcrowding and fish aggression, should be minimized or altogether eliminated.