Sailfin Pleco (Pterygoplichthys gibbiceps)


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Sailfin Pleco (Pterygoplichthys gibbiceps)


Common Name: Sailfin Pleco
Proper Name: Pterygoplichthys gibbiceps
Category: Catfish
Temperature: 22 - 28 C
Temperament Peaceful
Maximum Size: 51 cm
Algae Grower
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My pleco is now 16inches and its tail has started to bend where it likes to stand upright sucking the walls. It gets scared very easily and especially at night, it swims and jumps headfirst out of the water scaring me! He has gotten used to me touching his back, which really helps when I move him, as he doesn't get as scared. He likes his own space and often pushed other fish out of the way, though whether this is done on purpose, or just happens because he is large is a mystery to me. He has recently started to float upside the filter which made my mum think he was dead the other morning. His colourings are beautiful especially on his underside which allows for great photo oppurtunities when he is sucking. He only eats about once a fortnight, feeding on plec tabs, and will sometimes eat the bloodworm I put in. I have had him for 3 years now and seemed to grow most in the first few months. He is still growing, and will soon be too big for my tank, so I will be on the lookout for a larger tank sometime soon. A great fish to keep, as long as you are prepared to accomodate for the larger fish.
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I have two of these fishes, each one about three inches in length and in two separate tanks. These guys are probably the most active of the five types of plecos that I keep, and can be found moving throughout my tanks at any time of day or night. They are very distinctive looking fish, and seem to get along great in both my community tank and my small cichlid tank. However, beware! Though these do not get as big as common plecos, they will quickly outgrow most tanks. Also, be sure you have a very efficient filtration system, as these fish produce more waste than probably any other fish I have ever kept.


Sailfin Pleco
Sailfin Pleco
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