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.
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