Planted aquariums with hearty, fast-growing plants, high aeration, and water movement make for a healthy environment. Rocks and driftwood help to accent a natural habitat and provide hiding spaces to reduce stress for the Plecostomus. A recommended minimum tank of 400L should be provided to house this fish when adult size.
The Plecostomus spawns in tunnels dug out of the mud banks of various tributaries. A very large aquarium with a wall of mud is required for this species to spawn. Because of this requirement, it has not yet been done in an aquarium.
Feeding the Plecostomus is not difficult due to the fact that it is not a picky eater. Feeding off the bottom of the aquarium, it gets most of its nutrition from left over food and algae. If there is no algae or left over food present, supplement with high quality flake food, sinking carnivore pellets, freeze-dried bloodworms, and tubifex.
Care Level: Easy
Colour Form: Gold, Black
Max Size: 40cm
Origin: South America – Amazon Basin
Tank Size: 400L
pH:6.4 – 8.0