The Hairy Tiger Plecostomus, also known as the Hairy Plecostomus, comes from the rivers and tributaries of South America. It is brown with irregular yellow markings covering the entire body and fins. It also has spines or small hooks that project off of the end of the scales running down the sides. Hairy Tiger Plecos make good additions to any community aquarium.
Planted aquariums with hearty, fast-growing plants, high aeration, and water movement make for a healthy environment. Rocks and driftwood help to accent a natural habitat and provide hiding spaces to cut down on stress for the Hairy Tiger Plecostomus. A recommended minimum tank of 30 gallons should be provided to house this fish.
The Hairy Tiger Plecostomus has not been bred in an aquarium and little is known about their breeding habits.
Feeding the Hairy Tiger Plecostomus is not difficult due to the fact that it is not a picky eater. Feeding off the bottom of the aquarium, it gets most of its nutrition from left over food and algae. If there is no algae or left over food present, supplement with high quality flake food, sinking carnivore pellets, freeze-dried bloodworms, and tubifex.