How warm should a fish tank be for a pleco?

Plecostomus Water Requirements A pH between 7.0 and 8.0, alkalinity between 3° and 10° dKH (54 ppm to 180 ppm) and temperature between 74° and 80° F will suffice for most captive bred species. If the aquarium is kept in a room below 74°, use an Aqueon Aquarium Heater to maintain the proper temperature.

What temperature is too cold for pleco?

What is this? The common pleco is considered one of the most resilient, favoring temperatures ranging from 72 to 86°F (22 to 30°C) but able to withstand temperatures into the mid to low 60’s (15°C~) provided it’s not for an extensive period of time.

Do pleco fish need a heater?

Yes! All tropical fish require a heater. Plecos are not cold-water fish. Even if they were, it would be a good idea to include a heater in the tank to make sure the water temperature never drops too far.

Can plecos live in 50 degree water?

50 degrees is the lowest temperature they can be exposed to. Don’t expect to see them much if you put them in your pond. They are a hardy fish that will help clean the algae off the rock and bottom of your pond. If you decide to get a pleco for your pond it is highly recommended you get a common pleco.

What temperature do plecos like?


Care Difficulty Most are good for beginning aquarists, however, there are a few species that require more advanced care
Average Adult Size 1.5 to 12+ inches long, depending on species
Diet Most species are omnivores
Minimum Habitat Size 20+ gallons, depending on species
Water Temperature 72-82°F

Can plecostomus live without air pump?

It all depends on the water quality. If your water quality is good and your cycle stable then they can go indefinitely as long as you do not overfeed.

What does it mean when your pleco turned white?

If your pleco is turning white, it means that it could be dying and needs your immediate attention. The most common reasons a pleco will turn white are poor nutrition, stress, disease, or inadequate tank conditions.

Why is my pleco staying at the top of the tank?

Plecos Gulp At The Surface For Two Reasons First of all, plecos will gulp at the surface if they are in a low oxygen environment, i.e. if the dissolved oxygen levels in the water are low. Also, plecos will sometimes take air from the surface if they are suffering from buoyancy issues.

Why is my plecostomus lying upside down?

Many plecos fall asleep hanging upside down on a piece of driftwood. Sometimes during their nap they let go and just fall down without waking up. So finding a pleco laying upside down is normal.

Do plecos like sand or gravel?

The ideal substrate for plecos is fine gravel or soft sand because it will allow the pleco to filter through the substrate to find food. The tank should be densely planted, especially with broad-leafed species like Java Fern and Anubias, to ensure that the pleco can feed on algae growing on the surface of the leaves.