Common pleco - Hypostomus punctatus
Scientific name: Hypostomus punctatus
Common name: Common pleco
Usual size in fish tanks: 20 - 30 cm (7.87 - 11.81 inch)
Recommended pH range for the species: 5 - 8
Recommended water hardness (dGH): 4 - 20°N (71.43 - 357.14ppm)
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Recommended temperature: 22 - 28 °C (71.6 - 82.4°F)
The way how these fish reproduce: Spawning
Where the species comes from: South America
Temperament to its own species: peaceful
Temperament toward other fish species: peaceful
Usual place in the tank: Bottom levels
Vegetables, granules, beef heart, carrot, algae.
Like other plecos, females are rounder than males.
Egg-layers. You need really big tank and a lot of substrate since they digg holes for eggs. Breeding tank size should be 3000 litres at least. Substrate depth 30 cm or more.
Up to 10 years in captivity. Usually less.
Pleco is very good decision how to fight against algae. On the other side, you shouldn’t keep these beautiful fish in small tanks because of the size. Hypostomus punctatus will adapt to most conditions, however I’d keep it in clean water with stable chemistry and conditions. Generally, all fish species do like conditions where they can breed and live easily.
Bought by aqua-fish.net from jjphoto.dk.