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Pterygoplichthys (Liposarcus) multuradiatus



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From: Paul
I have three plecos. I have had one for over a year and is nearly 10 inches. One is very small. The third is a bristle nose pleco. He's about 5 inches long now he is very cool. The larger two live in a 55 gallon with two oscars about the same size as the plecos. The plecos hold their own against the more aggressive cichlids.

From: Matthew
I used to have a 10 gallon tank. I put a pleco in there when he was about an inch and a half. We called him Squirtle. In less than 6 month he was 10 inches long. Unfortunately we lost him in a long distance move. Now I have a 55gal. tank. I have recently added Squirtle Jr. to the community. He has already doubled in size in just 1 week. I love my pleco. I can't imagine a tank without one.

From: Wil
Well I have at the moment a clown pleco. He is very shy and doesn't move around much. I had a normal pleco and it was very active(in a good way) with the other fish. Unfortunately he died because at the moment the top/cover was broken but we fixed it. I suggest fish owners get this fish it is very cool and fun.

From: Josh
I have a 150 gallon with 8 pleco's in it. They are the only kind of fish I will keep. Many people say not to keep them together, but as long as you have enough "furniture" in the tank for them to claim as their own they are great together. They are the best fish to watch. I have a common pleco who hangs upside down all day on driftwood, and likes to swim upside down. All pleco's like dogs have different personalities. I have a few different kinds: sailfins, commons, Royals, an Acanthicus Adonis, and a baby L14. Their personalities shine through and keep my friends and I entertained for hours on end laughing like crazy at their puppy like antics. They love cucumbers, zucchini, and recently I tried broccoli (spelling?) they LOVE it. By the end of the day the they had sucked all the color out of the broccoli, it was white!!! At any rate, you can keep many kinds of plecos together as long as you plan your tank out well.

From: Aaron
We have a 125 gallon aquarium with two plecos,one large oscar, and a large convict. Both plecos are about 15 inches long. They are very amusing as they seem to enjoy standing on their heads. They seem to be afraid of the convict we call Lucky. He chases them and the Oscar, which is about 10 inches, around the tank. I enjoy all of these fish.

From: Lu-Ann
I have a pleco, and I love this fish. He is so much fun to watch, and he is growing very fast. I must say that this is one hardy fish. He survived a very bad case of new tank syndrome, and he is the soul survivor from our original batch of fish. I call him jaws because of the way he prowls the tank at feeding time, knocking all our other fish out of his way.

From: Jenney
I 'inherited' two plecos, about 12" or more, and while I enjoyed their antics I had to find them new homes. I found I could NOT keep any other species with them. I even tried my goldfish that was larger than them and the one pleco insisted on attaching himself to the sides of the goldfish which drove him insane. The plecos now have a new home and my goldfish is happier.

From: Nick
I had one very large pleco at about 17" in a tank a few years with baby red bellies. He was a great fish and loved to clean the sides and bottom of the tank. The sad part of this story is when my piranha's grew up they chose not to keep there friend and bit him in half one day :-(. I may get a new tank and a new pleco some day

From: Jen
My pleco scares my incredibly aggressive jack dempsey.







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