Sailfin Pleco a.k.a Common Pleco
Cost: Up to $10, cheaper when smaller.
A truly beautiful fish when fully grown with its dark, and rich-brown color pattern. But it really a magnificent site when it holds its sail like dorsal fin erect. This fish sadly though, encounters a lot of problems when it’s smaller. The sailfin pleco a.k.a common pleco is sold when it’s 3 inches usually, as the ideal “algae eater” for any size fish tank. The sailfin pleco a.ka common pleco will get up to 20 inches (50cm) in length when fully grown. So when thinking of purchasing a sailfin pleco a.k.a common pleco, make sure to take it’s size into account.
Brazil, Rio Negro, Amazonas States.
Both, males and females, will get up to about 20 inches (50cm).
There are not physical features that you can look at but through examination of the genital papillae you will be able to tell it’s a females if it’s rounded and a males will be elongated. So males have a elongates genital papillae and a female will have a rounded genital papillae.
First the tank size should be 48 x 18 x 18 inches (120 x 45 x 45 cm).Temperature 71-81 degrees Fahrenheit (22-27 Celsius). The water should be of good quality and well filtered but other then that the parameters are not critical. The tank should have plenty of dense hiding spots amongst bogwood for the sailfin pleco a.k.a common pleco, to take cover in. And if you want to, or planning on having plants in the tank then only the most robust of species should be used, and should be planted in pots to avoid being uprooted by the sailfin pleco a.k.a common pleco.
In the wild will graze on algae, insect larvae, shrimps and small crustaceans. But in a controlled environment the pleco will need a diet that consists of algae wafers of tablets, and will eat any type of frozen food. And it will eat the algae on your glass so don’t over feed or it will just wait for the food rather then eating the algae off the glass. But please remember to give the sailfin pleco a.k.a common pleco at least 1 algae wafer a every third day.
Even with it’s massive size, the sailfin pleco a.k.a common pleco, is a very peaceful community fish. The only time that you may see a conflict between the sailfin pleco a.k.a common pleco and another fish is if it wants the space that another fish is in, but it’s still not a fight for it will just muscle its way into whatever spot it wants.
No known breeding methods.