Sailfin Pleco (L-83)


The Sailfin Gibbiceps Pleco is an awesome addition to your fish tank! We’re updating this profile so check back again but in the meantime, if you have any questions, please ask in our forum! Click here to start asking your question!

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ShrimpSauce August 23, 2002 at 2:18 am

have a large one of these with my other south american giants. a great fish, not aggresive, attractive and keeps the glass clean. they can also hold their own against other fish. they get a bit big though, so be prepared to get a bigger tank in the future.

Laurie August 28, 2002 at 2:17 am

This is a great fish if you have a large tank. They have a lifespan of over 10 years and are inexpensive and fun to watch. The sailfin and the spotted pattern is very attractive and they are great algae-eaters. They need driftwood in the tank for roughage and can be fed sinking algae wafers. Also they should be given vegetable foods like zucchini or cucumber regularly. Sinking shrimp tablets are also a favorite and they will eat flake that sinks to the bottom. They will sometimes rush to the top for air. They can live out of water by breathing air as long as their skin stays wet. They are peaceful, but territorial about their hiding cave and will aggressively compete for their food. They like a strong water current and well aerated water. They are very hardy. May be quarrelsome with other plecos but peaceful toward all other fish.

Emmy's Fish August 14, 2009 at 5:55 pm

I have one named Hoover. He got along very well with my Betta fish 7 Yellow Mystery Snail (till the Betta died). I now have him with 2 GloFish Danios & a Painted Glass Tetra. He keeps everything very clean. I just did not know how large they get. I have them in a 3 Gallon tank now, but will have to up grade in the future as he grows. He is lots of fun to watch!

Darilis June 24, 2011 at 12:51 am

Cool fish but watch out they grow big and fast, especially when the get a hold of food that is not algea or scraps. if you buy sinking food, forget about it, you will just spoil it and it won’t wanna clean the tank very well. mine started to get territorial over food regualr fish food scaring all the other fish who came near to feed away even after i give it algae wafers. it’s a feeding game. I’m sorry to say my pleco died recenlty with no apparent reason but now the other fish can eat in peace. I am looking to buy a rubber nose pleco next time around as these will not outgrow my 30 gal tank.

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