plecos

Plecos, more than algae eaters.

It is not clear when and why the name pleco was introduced into the aquarium hobby terminology. A generic term, it has been used mainly by pet stores to identify some of the catfish available for sale, often belonging to the Hypostomus plecostomus species where the word may have originated. Hypostomus plecostomus are well-known algae eaters that come from the rivers of the Amazon jungle in South America. They can attach themselves to hard surfaces with specially adapted mouth parts. Acrylic aquariums are not recommended for large plecos as they […] Read more »