Starry Night Pleco (L-183)


The Starry Night Pleco comes from the rivers and tributaries of South America. The main color is black with small white spots covering the entire body, resembling stars. The dorsal fin and tail are outlined in white, and the nose and mouth area have long bristles. Starry Night 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 reduce stress for the Starry Night Pleco. A recommended minimum tank of 30 gallons should be provided to house this fish.

The Starry Night Pleco has not been bred in an aquarium and little is known about their breeding habits.

Feeding the Starry Night Pleco 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.

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Richard December 23, 2015 at 3:00 pm

Some years ago, ( 2008 or 9), I was in a pet store that was going out of business. In their tank they had 2 starry night plecos that had been returned after getting too big for their tank. I bought them and put them in my 3000 sq foot fish pond. Yesterday while throwing floating fish pellets for the pm feeding, I was shocked to see a black shadow about 18 inches long pass over the shallow sand bank. Maybe bigger. The pond is stocked with blue gill bream about sixty of which were caught in a local river when they were small. They have grown and bred up and I occasionally fish a few out for food. My question is: if I happen to hook the starrynight pleco, can it be eaten?

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