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  Weekly Feature (July 22, 2007)


Keeping Freshwater Fish: The Pleco
Dina's Weekly Feature


We all have our favourite pastimes. Keeping tropical freshwater fish is one of mine.

While I have different fish in my aquariums, my plecostomus, or pleco, is one of my favourites. It currently measures about 7 to 8 inches long.

There is a superstition amongst fish hobbyists and owners, that if they use the full name of 'plecostomus' when referring to their pleco, then it will die shortly after. Because of this, many owners refer to their fish as 'plec' or 'pleco.'

Plecos are all twilight animals and are most active at this time. A diet high in vegetable matter is essential to their health and can be supplemented with Romaine lettuce, boiled spinach, parboiled zucchini, or sinking algae pellets. They are hardy and undemanding in the water parameters, but will do best in soft water with temperatures ranging in the mid seventies.

Plecos can live for a long time. Different sources have a range of 10 to 15 years for the life span of these fish.

There are several species of plecos. To see some of them and find out more information, go to

 Tim's Tropicals: Information on Plecos

Just Say Pleco


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