One of the fastest growing catfish is suckermouth catfish which is often seen in many home Aquarium. Unlike zebra pleco, you’ll find them easily in most of the aquarium shops. If you’ve larger tank (100 gallons or more) then you can even place more than one in the tank. They’re quite peaceful and will put a good show in your aquarium setup. This is because they suck on glass or some rock and will hang in that position for hours. If you want one peaceful algae eater then keep atleast one in your tank. Many aquarium shopkeeper call it “algae eater” so don’t get confused with this name.
Suckermouth Catfish Profile
- Scientific Name : Hypostomus plecostomus
- Size : upto 45 inches
- Hardness : upto 19° dH
- pH : 6.5 – 7.5
- Temperature : 23°C – 28°C
- Lifespan : between 12-15 years
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Suckermouth catfish is also Plecostomus or simply pleco. There is one myth about this name is that if you spell it completely you take risk of shortening life of your catfish. Because of this it is called as pleco in many places.
Breeding: There is hardly any difference between male and female which makes it hard for you to differentiate. There is no report of this catfish breeding in captivity.
Food: Sucker-mouth catfish is known as algae eater so it’ll dwell all over the tank to eat un-eaten foods and algae that grows inside the tank. They’re Herbivore in nature so you need to give them algae wafers and variety of flake foods. Along with regular diet food you can also give them algae wafers, shrimp pellets and other freshwater fish food. As they grow old they’ll require more and more algae than any other food so make sure you get them other food as well in case there is less algae in the tank.
Behavior : Being nocturnal they dwell in the bottom of the tank if there is dark in tank region or during night. They’ll hunt for food in dark and even if you turn light off in room they’ll start their movement. They’re peaceful in nature and there is not much conflict with other fishes. Avoid keeping them with fish smaller than their size cause they might suck their body parts as per observed by some aquarium keepers. You can place them with most of the known peaceful freshwater fishes.
They’re very easy to keep and there is not much care you need to take for them. They’re easily available in most of the aquarium shops and in case if you don’t find them you can purchase them online as well. Have atleast one suckermouth catfish in your freshwater tank.