Main page content begins here


Scientific name: Hypostomus plecostomus

Habitat: tropical freshwater

Diet: algae and small crustaceans

Life span: 10–15 years

Young: 300 eggs/clutch

Size: 28 cm (11 in) average, up to 50 cm (19.7 in)

Plecostamus (also known as sucker catfish) are common in the aquarium trade, and may be known by several alternate names including algae eater and sucker fish. Plecostamus are known for their ability to keep aquariums clean, because of their tendency to eat algal build up. These fish are generally a peaceful species that can be kept with many other types of fish, but are very territorial within their own species.

Learn more about this species:

These are some other websites that we think have more great information about this species.

Plecostamus on Wikipedia

Status in the Wild

Status: thriving

For More Information

Edmonton Valley Zoo

13315 Buena Vista Road (87th Avenue)
PO Box 2359
Edmonton, Alberta T5J 2R7


End of page content. Please choose between the following five options:

Back to main menu Back to current page menu and content View current page breadcrumb Back to site search Continue to page footer content