Plecos In Short
I wouldn’t recommend plecos for beginners as most species require large tanks (100 gallon+). However, if you’re a beginner and you’re desperate to get one then a bristlenose pleco will be your best choice!
Are Plecos Easy To Keep?
I also asked other fish keepers what they thought about keeping plecos too! Here’s what they had to say.
(If you’re just getting started then you may want to know what the easiest fish you can keep in your tank are. Here are what 150 fish-keepers had to say!)
Different Types Of Pleco
Bristlenose Pleco L107 (Ancistrus cirrhosus)
Common Pleco L024 (Hypostomus plecostomus)
Clown Pleco L104/L162 (Panaqolus maccus)
Clown plecos need to be kept in tanks which are 20 gallons or larger, with peaceful and friendly tank mates. Keep the pH between 6.8-7.6 and the temperature between 73-82°F. Lastly, they’re omnivores so make sure they’re getting protein and plant matter.
Rubber Lip Pleco L146 (Chaetostoma milesi)
Leopard Frog Pleco L134 (Lithobates pipiens)
Zebra Pleco L046/L098 (Hypancistrus zebra)
Vampire Pleco L029 (Leporacanthicus galaxias)
Snowball Pleco L102 (Hypicanistrus Inspector)
Gold Nugget Pleco L018/L085 (Baryancistrus xanthellus)
Peppermint Pleco L031/L176 (Parancistrus Nudiventris)
(If you’re interested here are all the most common types of plecos you can keep in your tank!)
2. Tank Size
3. Water Quality
Tips for Extending Your Plecos Lifespan
In short, plecos need a pH between 6.0-8.0, a temperature between 72°F to 82°F (22°C to 28°C), ammonia and nitrite levels at 0ppm and nitrate levels below 40ppm. Ensure their tank is at least 30-75 gallons in size depending on the type, and add plenty of hiding places for them.
What Do Pleco Like In The Wild?
How To Setup A Pleco tank
Step 1: Choose a Tank That Is the Right Size
- GLASS AQUARIUM: Rectangular glass aquarium makes an ideal home for your fish.
Step 2: Gather Supplies and Decorations
Picking A Filter
- Fluval eTEC (Efficient Technology) construction employs cutting-edge design, materials & manufacturing methods to deliver powerful pump performance, reduced energy consumption and ultra-quiet operation
- Aquarium heater with dual temperature sensors provide accurate and real-time water temperatures
Picking The Substrate
- Fluval Stratum is made of mineral rich volcanic soil
Step 3: Prepare the Tank
Step 4: Add Plants and Other Decorations
Step 5: Introduce Your Plecos Into Their Home!
Male Vs Female
- PLECO FORMULATION: Supports the nutritional needs of herbivore bottom-feeders such as Plecostomus
Pleco Tank Mates
2. Corydoras Catfish
3. Rainbow Fish
Plecos can be put in a tank with most fish, so choosing tank mates isn’t difficult. Tetras, loaches, rasboras, danios, corys, and rainbowfish are all great choices. In fact, plecos can even live with bettas.
Some Other Great Tank Mates Include:
1. Java Moss
- Ideal for Any Aquarium: Taxiphyllum barbieri Java Moss is categorized among the versatile and hardy aquatic aquarium plants. Thereby, it makes up for the perfect addition to any aquarium.
2. Amazon Sword
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- Anubias Nana is one of the most popular aquatic plants loved by both beginners and experts alike, and will instantly give your aquarium, paludarium, or terrarium a lush and natural appearance.
- Known for its smaller stems, rich green tone, and pointed leaves, this aquatic plant is great for filling up open space and can be placed in the midground or background of your tank.
- Ships 4-6″ tall rooted in wool which should be removed prior to planting. Gently squeeze the pot, peel back the wool, rinse, and plant! Keep the rhizomes above your substrate or the plant can begin to rot.
- Will thrive attached directly onto hardscape such as driftwood and stones using thread or aquarium glue and will grow fine either immersed in a humid environment or fully submerged.
- Easy Care – Anubias have low light requirements, can benefit from regular fertilization, and do not require additional Co2 making them a great choice for beginners to live aquatic plants.
4. Java Fern
- JAVA FERN LARGE | Microsorum pteropus, live aquarium plant, no matter what you are beginner or advanced aquarist or if your aquarium tank is low-tech or high tech aquascaped; JAVA FERN is a great choice for you.
- PERFECT ADDITION FOR AQUARIUM: The natural and vibrant hornwort bunches are an ideal addition for your aquarium. This aquarium plant adds to the beauty of your aquarium and makes it more visually appealing.
- IMPROVES WATER QUALITY: The Canton aquatics hornwort aquarium plant helps to improve water quantity by removing excess nutrients and oxygenating the water. Along with improving the water quality, it also helps to neutralize the algae.
- EASY TO GROW: The hornwort live aquarium plants are resilient to cold weather and are easy to grow in any environment. Even in low light conditions, this aquarium plant can grow easily.
- NATURAL HIDING PLACES: The long and trailing leaves of this water pond plants can create natural hiding and resting places for your fish. Along with your fish, other aquatic creatures and inhabitants can also benefit from these natural hiding places.
- LIVE PLANTS ARRIVAL: We ensure that the arrival of these aquarium pond plants is live. However, if you find the plant to be dead, you can send us a photo and we will replace it with another after verification.
When you’re looking for plants to add to your pleco tank, try to avoid plants they can uproot. Stick to plants like java moss, java fern, anubias and hornwort. You can even add marimo moss balls which will entertain them.
1. Setting Up the Tank
2. Selecting Appropriate Partners
4. Spawning Time
5. Raising Pleco Fry
Plecos are notoriously difficult to breed, so if you don’t have success that’s almost to be expected. Just focus on giving the plecos the best conditions possible for breeding, including improving their diet, providing them plenty of hiding places, and selecting a good breeding pair.
How Many Plecos Can You Keep Together?
Species of Pleco
Size of Aquarium
Size of the Plecos
Facts About Plecos
Can Plecos Live In A Pond?
How Big Will A Pleco Get In A 10 Gallon Tank?
Can You Put A Pleco In A 20 Gallon Tank?
How Big Will A Pleco Get In A 30 Gallon Tank?
Do Plecos Really Clean Your Tank?
Do Plecos Need To Be Fed Everyday?
Do Plecos Like Sand Or Gravel?
Do Plecos Really Need Driftwood?
Do Plecos Only Eat Algae When Starving?
Should I Feed My Pleco At Night?
Do Plecos Clean Glass?
Should I Let My Pleco Eat Dead Fish?
Can You Keep A Single Pleco?
You can keep plecos alone, and oftentimes this is preferred due to how large they can grow, as well as the increased risk of aggression occurring when there’s more than one pleco in the tank.
What Are The Disadvantages Of Keeping A Pleco?
The biggest disadvantage of keeping a pleco is how big they grow. If your tank isn’t big enough, they’ll quickly outgrow it which will stress them out. Apart from this, they’re great additions to any tank!