Common Pleco

Common Pleco


Common Name: Common Pleco or Suckermouth Catfish

Scientific Name: Hypostomus plecostomus

Family: Loricaariidae

Max Size: 1' 10"

Schooling: No

Origin: South America

Diet: Omnivore

Temperament: Peaceful

Community Safe: Yes

Temperature Range: 72-81F

Ph Range: 6.5-7.5

Care Difficulty: Easy

Min Tank Size: 125 gallons

  • Warning

    These fish are sold at many pet stores. Be careful, these plecos will outgrow many fish tanks. They are normally sold as babies that are no bigger than 3 inches. Some have reported that they only grow to the size of the aquarium, but others have had them simply outgrow their tanks. These fish do take a long time to mature, however there are plenty of other subspecies that will not grow nearly as large and are more suitable for smaller tanks.