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Plecostomus are often placed in large aquariums to help keep algae from overgrowing. These bottom-swimming fish feed on green algae and vegetable matter, moving along the surfaces of your aquarium scraping green algae with their suckermouths. They also eat all kinds of commercial flake and pellet foods, but must get sufficient algae and vegetable matter, such as fresh zucchini, romaine lettuce, spinach or spirulina pellets. You will see your algae eater swimming at the bottom of your aquarium. They will also hang from plants and the aquarium walls, using their suckermouths for attachment. To create a beautiful aquarium environment, be sure to add some middle and top swimmers as well. Ask a PetSmart associate to help you choose.

Features: Keep algae from overgrowing
Includes: 1 Fish
Experience Level: Beginner
Swimming Level: Bottom
Color: Yellow
Size: Maximum Size 24 in

Feeding Instructions:
Diet: Algae wafers, Fresh vegetables

Housing: 55+ gallon tank, Water temperature 72-82 degrees F

Frequent Feedings
For optimum health, feed your algae eaters as much food as they will consume in 1-3 minutes, twice a day. You can alternate between regular staple diet feedings and 2-4 meals per week of a vegetable treat or specialty food. Remove uneaten fresh vegetables after four hours.

Adding Fish
Whether you're just starting your aquarium or introducing new fish into your tank, don't forget to add only 1-3 at a time.

Unique Gill Opening
Algae eaters have a special opening on their gills so they can breathe without loosening their grip on a rock or other surface.

Minimum aquarium size should be 10 gallons or larger. A good rule of thumb is one gallon of water for every one inch of full-grown fish.

Decorate their aquarium with hiding places such as roots, driftwood and rockwork. Also include plants to provide grazing surfaces.

Fish Compability
Algae eaters should not be kept by beginners or in a community aquarium with delicate fish. As adults, they can be aggressive to other tankmates and should be housed with large, tough fish or as a single species in the aquarium.

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All pets purchased at PetSmart are raised under our exclusive Vet Assured program and come with a 14-day satisfaction guarantee. Vet Assured is a program designed by PetSmart veterinarians to improve the health and well-being of our pets. The program sets standards for the care of our pets by our live animal partners and store associates and establishes strict standards for the monitoringand prevention of common illnesses found in pets. PetSmart makes a significant investment in the care of our pets and it is apparent in the quality and comfort of the pets in our stores. However, if your pet becomes ill during this initial 14-day period, or if you're not satisfied with your pet for any reason, PetSmart will gladly replace the pet or refund the purchase price. Please keep your sales receipt and return the pet to the store where it was purchased if needed.

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Plecostomus is rated 4.4 out of 5 by 96.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AWESOME FISH My pleco is huge he is 1 ft 4 in. He cleans up the tank real good and eats a lot of algae of the glass. Sometimes I give him algae wafers. He gets along with my cichlids and doesn't really mind them. They are great fish to have and they are easy to take care of.
Date published: 2013-06-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Plecostomus I've always had tropical fish and outside fish ponds. The Plecostomus is one of my favorite catfish. They begin the cleaning duty at night, bottom feeding and they are great for cleaning excess algae growth. Over time they grow very large but are not aggressive in nature. An aquarium canopy or tank cover is highly recommended because they can jump out when taking a breathe of air from the top. One key to keeping plecostomus catfish is algae and vegetable matter. I purchased four about a year ago and they are nearly six inches in length now. Several years ago, I had several in an outside pond that were about 11 inches. One of the best catfish for keeping the algae and glass sides clean.
Date published: 2013-01-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great live long mine is living very healthy and they clean up messes easily
Date published: 2014-06-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from bold fish its a great fish my pleco grew an inch within 2 months its bold doesnt hide and is peaceful doesnt bother other fishes like tetras, elephant nose fish & mollys
Date published: 2014-06-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome! My cousins had a massive pleco about 20 inches long growing up and it lives for 12 years or so. When I set up my own fish tank I just had to have one! I decided with the rubber-lip, since they don't get nearly as big. He is absolutely adorable! A lot of people have said theirs aren't active, but mine little guy is once it gets late enough. I usually keep the tank light off if I want to watch him. He's not even very territorial over his hiding spot under my fake bridge. He is a joy to watch and has a wonderful personality! He gets along extremely well with my 3 tetras one molly and platy. They're all a perfect little tank, but this guy makes it!
Date published: 2012-08-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from awesome fish Love watching this guy! He is growing fast. I did by some of those algae wafers but the other fish steal it away. I do give him slices of zucchini which the others don't bother with. Hard to find those clips that they used to sell that attach to wall for veges etc. I make do by wedging under a rock. By the smaller one, its half price and will get just as big
Date published: 2015-07-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Overall awesome fish I bought him a few years ago when he was only 1 1/2 inches long and kept him in a 10 gallon. He grew rapidly and is now 8+ inches and lives in a 40 gallon. Be prepared for it to grow and do not buy if you do not have a 20+ gallon tank. I thought it would keep the tank clean but it actually produces more waste than it cleans (not a problem with the right filter). It is still very cool to look at and is peaceful to the other fish (a variety of tetras and several corys). Would definitely recommend.
Date published: 2015-02-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from pretty good fish, but produces a lot of waste. Plecos are really good, hardy fish. mine has been alive for almost a year now. he lives with my to tiger barbs in a ten gallon tank (which i do plan on upgrading very soon) hes about 4 inches long. this fish produces tons of waste, more than it cleans, if i didn't clean my gravel weekly, the whole bottom of my tank would be covered in its waste. but overall it's a fun fish to have in the tank.
Date published: 2013-10-21
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I did online research before getting my first Pleco who died and the many webs said they grow to their tank, but looking at reviews they don’t. I just want your opinion.

Asked by: Mac S
i had mine for about 10 years about 14 inches in a 40 gallon tall tank
Answered by: Riazia
Date published: 2018-12-24

Can they be in the same tank as a goldfish?

Asked by: UltraMonsterM
I have had my pleco with my goldfish for 4 years. They grew up together. Get along beautifully.
Answered by: Awesomesauce81
Date published: 2018-12-03

This tipe of fish can be with betta in the same tank

Asked by: Glenda1
Yes, my pleco gets along with my betta just fine, same with my friend
Answered by: Gian Ando
Date published: 2018-12-03

I just recently purchased a Pleco from petsmart, and it died that night. My ph levels were fine, temperature was right, and the amoneia levels were low. Why did it die so fast?

Asked by: Jessica448295
How did it die, belly up or lying flat, if it was belly up, it was an old fish.
Answered by: Woodpeckerjoee
Date published: 2018-12-03

I bought a fish yesterday from your Spring Hill location. I came home today and he wasn't alive. Do I need to bring the fish and a sample of my tank water in to get it replaced? Thanks. 

Asked by: Amber20
Yes. And your receipt as proof it was purchased at that location.
Answered by: StormyJ
Date published: 2018-12-03

I got my pleco a week ago and he was doing great with my other fish in the tank and everything but today he cant get attached to the side of the tank.. he will go to the top to get air and come back to stick to the wall but he cant stay still like before.

Asked by: Fish010

When I had a Plecostomus it had barbs and got stuck in the net is there a easier way to remove them from the tank.

Asked by: Najicawantstoknow

What is the exact species and variety of pleco supplied? I can make an educated guess but figured it would be easier to ask.

Asked by: JosyinRVA
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