What kind of fish is a pleco?

Hypostomus plecostomus
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Siluriformes
Family: Loricariidae
Subfamily: Hypostominae

Where are pleco fish from?

Plecostomus catfish are found in the fresh and brackish water of the Guianan coastal drainages of Brazil and Venezuela, as well as in Rio de la Plata between Uruguay and Argentina. They prefer fast-flowing streams and rivers with pebbly substrate.

What is the name of the fish that cleans the tank?

Plecostomus These algae eating fish are like underwater vacuums. They gobble up algae and anything else they find at the bottom of a tank. In the aquarium world they are known as ‘janitor fish’ for their supreme algae cleaning abilities.

Can we eat pleco fish?

The process of eating pleco is very similar to eating lobster. Most of the meat is in the tail, so I broke the tail off (easy once the meat is cooked, just twist until it separates). Then, using a fork to jackknife the shell open, the meat was pretty easy to remove.

What are plecos good for?

Benefits of the Plecostomus! Sometimes called the “janitor fish” or “sucker fish” these helpful species can help keep tanks clean as they are natural scavengers. They are bottom-feeders and will eat uneaten food or other leftover matter that would otherwise cause harmful nitrates in the water.

Can pleco live without water?

Plecos can live up to 30 hours outside water if they store enough oxygen in their bellies — this is why plecos are sometimes seen gulping air at the water’s surface.

Do cleaner fish get eaten?

The cleaner fish obviously get an easy meal from their work, and the clients get rid of their parasites. However, it is a mutualism that would be very easy to disrupt. The clients could easily eat the cleaner fish if they so wanted.

What is the biggest pleco?

Liposarcus anisitsi (Eigenmann & Kennedy 1903) is the snow king pleco (formerly of the genus Pterygoplichthys) and grows to 17 inches in length (30 inches according to Burgess 1989). The leopard pleco (Glyptoperichthys gibbiceps, Kner 1854), formerly Pterygoplichthys gibbiceps, reaches about 20 inches maximum.

What do plecos do?

Plecos are often called “janitor fish” because they are scavengers and will eat and clean up almost anything. They are recommended for beginning aquarists.

Is my pleco a boy or girl?

The body shape of a pleco can help a fishkeeper determine the fish’s sex. This works best from a top view. Females generally have a more rounded body, while males are generally skinnier. When viewed from the side, females have a more rounded abdomen, which is longer in relation to the rest of the body.

What do plecos like eating?

In general, plecos are opportunistic scavengers who will eat anything that comes their way. Some species of pleco exclusively eat algae, while others eat plants. Some are more carnivorous. Still others mainly eat wood fiber and the small crustaceans who live within the wood.

What fish do sharks not eat?

Pilot fish follow sharks because other animals which might eat them will not come near a shark. In return, sharks do not eat pilot fish because pilot fish eat their parasites. This is called a “mutualist” relationship.

Who is the dentist fish?

We call their office a “cleaning station,” and the dentist is a Hawaiian cleaner wrasse. This small, colorful fish has a territory on the reef, and when it is ready for clients it darts above the reef back and forth, flashing its bright colors.

Why do shrimps clean?

The shrimp also eat the mucus and parasites around the wounds of injured fish, which reduces infections and helps healing. The action of cleansing further aids the health of client fish by reducing their stress levels. In many coral reefs, cleaner shrimp congregate at cleaning stations.

How long do cleaner fish live?

Wels catfish: 60 yearsCleaner fish / Lifespan

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