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Trinidad Plecostomus
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Trinidad Plecostomus (Hypostomus punctatus)
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Quick Stats

Care Level Easy
Temperament Peaceful
Color Form Green, Yellow
Diet Herbivore
Water Conditions 72-82° F, KH 4-15, pH 6.0-7.5
Max. Size 11"
Origin Farm Raised, USA
Family Loricariidae
Minimum Tank Size 70 gallons
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The nocturnal Trinidad Plecostomus is a great candidate for the community aquarium. Usually greenish yellow in color, its patterned fins camouflage it well in a planted tank. It comes from the Amazon region of South America from fast flowing rivers to flood plains.

A larger aquarium of at least 70 gallons is recommended to house the Trinidad Plecostomus. It will get rather large in the aquarium, so provide plenty of room for it to move. Plants, rocks, and driftwood help mirror its natural environment and help give it a sense of security.

In the wild this fish is an egg layer, but breeding in an aquarium setting has not been successful.

A useful herbivore in an aquarium with algae, the Trinidad Plecostomus will keep algae under control under normal tank conditions. If no algae are present, supplement with algae wafers and other herbivore preparations.

Approximate Purchase Size: Small: 1/2" to 1"; Medium: 3/4" to 1-1/4"

Customer Testimonials

Debbie L Grand Bay , AL
You have to stay up late at night to watch this beauty work. This pleco glides over the gravel with such ease. Not much action during the day, but at night it's fascinating to watch. I would suggest at least one.
Ryan F Beverly , MA
Is a great addition to a community environment! Mine is quite the gentle giant, and lives happily with a mix of other fish species. He's great for tank cleaning.
R D El cajon , CA
A night time viewing fish. I have three in a 165 gal tank with many caves and hiding places. They love a good quality veggie wafer. My three are 10-14 inches long and still growing !
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