Blue Panaque Pleco L239 Med
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The first thing to know about this fish is that it is nocturnal. This means during the daytime you won’t see much activity. In the daytime, they can appear timid and you will likely find them hiding amongst the plants and any caves inside your tank.
When they are active you will notice that they are a bottom dwelling fish and will move slowly across the floor of the aquarium. Whilst moving slowly across the floor they make a superb job of cleaning up algae within the tank.
You will also notice here that they use their suckermouth and attach themselves to the glass or rocks within the aquarium.
Whilst they generally have a friendly temperament they do best in a tank on their own due to size constraints (read the tank mates section below for more).
Plecos are well-known algae eaters that originated in the rivers of the Amazon jungle in South America. Plecos attach themselves to hard surfaces with specially adapted mouth parts. They are scavengers and will eat almost anything. Recommended for beginning aquarists.
Plecostomus Diet and Feeding
As you already known most are sold as ‘algae eaters’ which would have you believe that they are herbivorous; however most of them are carnivorous and will eat smaller fish, invertebrates and crustaceans. Whilst they won’t outright kill for meat they will scavenge making them ‘opportunistic’ omnivores.
Certain varieties also feed on wood, so make sure you thoroughly research the exact species you are interested in to ensure you meet their dietary requirements.
As for the Common Pleco, the common misconception is that they can live purely on algae. This is wrong and in fact leads to malnourished fish that are unhealthy.
Their diet should be comprised of vegetables and algae; they will occasionally eat meat/live food.
Like always, we recommend that a high-quality pellet forms the basis of their diet.
For vegetables you can feed them: lettuce, zucchini, spinach, shelled peas and cucumbers to name only a few of their favorites.
For live foods: bloodworms, earthworms, crustaceans, and larvae. Our preference is the worms because they sink, meaning in a community tank the Plecos can still eat.
One important point to remember is that they require lots of fiber; feeding them a lot of vegetables helps them meet this requirement. You should also make sure they always have access to driftwood to help with their digestion.
As for feeding habits, if you’ve read the typical behavior section above you will know that they are nocturnal. So you will find they eat best during the evening just before you turn the lights in the tank off.
A well-balanced Pleco diet consists of:
Algae and sinking algae wafers.
Supplement with raw zucchini or cucumbers as a treat once or twice a week. Raw vegetables should be anchored near the bottom of the aquarium.
Things to remember when feeding your Pleco:
Typically feeds at night.
Some Plecos require driftwood as part of their diet.
Keep in an appropriate size aquarium; provide proper filtration to maintain health. Acrylic aquariums are not recommended for large Plecos as they will scratch the acrylic. Driftwood is commonly used to maintain pH at slightly acidic levels.
Stable water quality, water temperature, and pH levels are critical to the health of aquatic life.
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