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Old 11-27-2008, 01:20 PM
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Plecostomus



Plecostomus, pleco, algae eater, or algae sucker, is a general name for a type of freshwater tropical Central and South American fish belonging to the family Loricariidae. Algae eaters are extremely popular in aquaria for their ability to clean tanks by eating algae growth. These fish are typically sold at about 8 cm (3 inches) and may grow up to 60 cm (2 feet), and a few species can reach even more. A relatively new species is hardy and grows to a maximum of 10 cm (4 inches)[citation needed], an ideal size for small to average size tanks.

Plecos are omnivorous but, in the wild, feed mostly on plant material at night. During the day, their unusual omega irises block a lot of the light out of their eyes. The iris opens at night. They can also wink by rolling the eye into the head.

As they age, their foreheads enlarge in a peculiar manner. Plecos can become more territorial and are best kept individually in tanks. Because of their large size and territorial behaviour, when stocking smaller aquaria it is often better to consider a bristlenose catfish (Ancistrus), which generally grow to about 15 cm (6 inches), are very peaceable, and also eat algae. In a suitably large tank a solitary plecostomus will live amicably enough in a community tank alongside other tropical fish. These catfish can be kept in tanks with "cold-water" species like goldfish, Carassius auratus, these tanks need to be heated however.

There are a number of species that are sold on the market under the name common algae sucker, including Hypostomus plecostomus, Hypostomus punctatus, Pterygoplichthys multiradiatus, and Pterygoplichthys pardalis.

There are many types of suckermouth armoured catfishes that science has not described. As a result, they are given a common name and an L-number designation until a new scientific name for the fish is described. An example is the flash plecostomus, L204, believed to be a species of Panaque.

Plecostomus catfish are some of the most commonly kept algae-eating catfish, and are also some of the largest. Individuals measuring over 60 cm (2 feet) long have been reported in ponds and large tanks; Most people think they only grow large enough for their aquarium, but a small tank may only slow their rate of growth. Their growth may also become stunted in a smaller tank, leading to bad health and possibly an early death.

Etymology
The name "Plecostomus" means "folded" (pleco, see pleat) "mouth" (stomas, see stomach), but it has since been applied to any of a large number of species that have a similar shape, but vary widely in terms of maximum length, coloration, and certain body features such as the "horns" on the bristlenose catfish (genus Ancistrus).


Territorial Behavior
A maturing plecostomus sucking to a aquarium wall.Plecos, when introduced to an aquarium, will often find a permanent resting place (under or inside an ornament or rock, for example) to spend most of its time. This becomes a "home" for the Plecostomus. If there are no hiding places, they will sleep on the corner of their tank.
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Default Re: Catfish: Plecostomus

lawa tul ikan nih...ade jual ke..?? biasa klu orang jual, brp sekor ekk..??
rasa penah tgk dalam mudah.com, harga klu x silap, rm15 ke rm20 sekor...

err..ikan nih sape spesis dengan ikan yg org panggil ikan DBKL tuh ker...?? yg lekat jek kat cermin tuh..??
berangan nak ade akerium kat umah

salu stail klu dia x kasik, main redah jek beli..tau2 ade kat umah..dah beli, x bleh nk cakap ape dah..
cakap banyak kang...mogok masak la jawab nyer...hahahaha..opsssss....
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lawa tul ikan nih...ade jual ke..?? biasa klu orang jual, brp sekor ekk..??
rasa penah tgk dalam mudah.com, harga klu x silap, rm15 ke rm20 sekor...

err..ikan nih sape spesis dengan ikan yg org panggil ikan DBKL tuh ker...?? yg lekat jek kat cermin tuh..??
berangan nak ade akerium kat umah

Hello Abzalia,
Ikan Pleco ataupun digelar "DBKL" nie, ader terlalu banyak species tak terkira ikut tempat mana dia berasal. Harganya dari RM1 (jenis warna hitam biasa untuk kolam) ke RM beratus-ratus (no joke). Yang ditunjukkan dalam gambar nie, harganya RM2 sajee I beli kat kedai ikan. Ia dalam species yang digelar "Gibbicep" or "Marble Sailfin Pleco"...
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Hello Abzalia,
Ikan Pleco ataupun digelar "DBKL" nie, ader terlalu banyak species tak terkira ikut tempat mana dia berasal. Harganya dari RM1 (jenis warna hitam biasa untuk kolam) ke RM beratus-ratus (no joke). Yang ditunjukkan dalam gambar nie, harganya RM2 sajee I beli kat kedai ikan. Ia dalam species yang digelar "Gibbicep" or "Marble Sailfin Pleco"...
RM2 jekkk...????eiiiiiiii...suke...sukee.. .suke...sukee...suke...sukee..awak beli kat ne..?????
nih yg rasa nak pujuk2 hubby beli "kerium" cepat2 nih.....
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knp ada timun dlm "kerium" tuh? kata ikan ni mkn algae???? adakah timun itu satu cadangan utk hiasan saja?
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knp ada timun dlm "kerium" tuh? kata ikan ni mkn algae???? adakah timun itu satu cadangan utk hiasan saja?

ape chemonk...???????timun.....???
klu dah ade timun dalam kerium tuh...
sambal belacan kene ade gak...baru kene...har......harrrr...harrrr...
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RM2 jekkk...????eiiiiiiii...suke...sukee.. .suke...sukee...suke...sukee..awak beli kat ne..?????
nih yg rasa nak pujuk2 hubby beli "kerium" cepat2 nih.....
Ikan nie, mana-mana pon ader, ikut season~la...Ader 3 jenis species utk 'Gibbicep', maksudnya 3 species nie corak dia berlainan skit antara satu sama lain ikut induknya...
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knp ada timun dlm "kerium" tuh? kata ikan ni mkn algae???? adakah timun itu satu cadangan utk hiasan saja?
Dia makan timun chemonk...kalao nak buat hiasan, baik letak bunga ros, betul tak?
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a'ah..ikan murah jer..dari rm1 -rm2 kalau tak salah laa..masa saya beli harganya rm1..sekarang ikan ni bukan main besar lagi..sebab dia mkn pallet..bukan lumut jer..siap berebut2 dgn ikan puyu bila kasi mkn
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Dia makan timun chemonk...kalao nak buat hiasan, baik letak bunga ros, betul tak?
hahahha.... mana la aku tau ikan ni rembat jugak timun... ingat algae je.. tak pun rumpai2 kecik...
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Ikan nie, mana-mana pon ader, ikut season~la...Ader 3 jenis species utk 'Gibbicep', maksudnya 3 species nie corak dia berlainan skit antara satu sama lain ikut induknya...

oooooo...cenggitu...good info..thanks yerr.....lepas nih bleh arr listkan ikan ape nak masuk kerium...(tuh pun kalo hubby kasik permisen thn dpn)
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Dekat perak seekor pleco ni only 1.50 riggit. Tapi tak beli kerana takde algae problem kalau nak bela seekor kena beli special algae food ke?
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