Hypostomus plecostomus Common Pleco 5-6cm

This fish is extremely popular in the aquarium, due to its unusual appearance and its ability to eat algae. Plecostomus, or “plecos” as they are often called, belong to the Family Loricariidae, which is the largest family of catfish in the world. They are characterized by heavy armored plates on their bodies and sucker-shaped mouths. Scientists use a system of “L” or “LDA” numbers to identify plecostomus species, and at present there are over 500 numbers with more being added each year.

With so many species of suckermouth catfish to choose from, no matter what size aquarium or type of fish you own there is one just right for you. For example, the common pleco, Hypostomus plecostomus, can grow to over 12”.

Plecostomus tend to be secretive, so caves, hollow logs and other size-appropriate hiding places should be available in the aquarium. Moderate to good circulation should be provided to simulate the fast moving rivers many species inhabit in the wild.  Decorate the tank with driftwood for refuge as well as a source of food. 




  • Common Pleco 5-6cm

Fish Specifications

  • Species - Medium Common Pleco Catfish - Hypostomus plecostomus
  • Common Name - Common Pleco
  • Mature Adult Size - 12"
  • Origin - South America
  • PH Range - 6.5-8.0
  • Temperature Range 23°c - 27°c
  • Water Type - Versatile but prefer soft
  • Breed Type - Egg Layer
  • Size - 5-6cm
  • Sex - Unsexed
SKU LF-Pleco_common5-6cm
Barcode # 880629960608
Brand Live Fish
Shipping Weight 1.0000kg
Shipping Width 0.100m
Shipping Height 0.100m
Shipping Length 0.100m



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