I recently got a full grown 9-10" chocolate pleco from a friend. He had owned the Pleco for 5 years, but got out of the aquarium hobby. I took in the Pleco, but I don't really have the ability to care for him properly. My fish are fed primarily through autofeeders since I'm gone for a week or more at a time for work, and this guy really needs weekly fresh veggies (zucchini or the like) to be happy and healthy.
He's very hardy and healthy right now. He like to retreat under his favorite driftwood during the day, and is very active in the tank at night. He's easy to see at night because of his light coloration.
He's a Chocolate Pleco, which are also known as Rhino Plecos or Alligator Plecos. The "chocolate" ones are just lighter colored.
They're basically the same to care for as common plecos, but they don't get quite as big, are a little more armored, and have more varied coloration.
He's a beige color, but is NOT albino. He has some mottled brown coloration on him as well. He's an interesting guy, has some personality to him. I like him a lot, but I'd rather see him be in a tank with someone who can better care for him. People say these guys will eat and uproot plants, but so far he hasn't done it at all to me. He did bury a little bit under his piece of driftwood, but hasn't disrupted the rest of the tank at all. At night he's usually scavenging food off the bottom, sucking on the side of the tank, or sucking on driftwood.
He's free to a good home. I travel for business a lot, so you'll have to be a little flexible on picking him up. I can deliver within a reasonable distance as well. I'm located in Richardson, just north of Dallas.
Poor cell phone pics:
Pictures don't do him justice. Hard to tell, but he has very pronounced scales with a spiky appearance on the sides. He looks a little more stout than other Pleco's I've seen. He has a very tough appearance.
Thanks for looking.