Trinidad Pleco



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The nocturnal Trinidad Plecostomus is a great candidate for the community aquarium. Usually greenish yellow in color, its patterned fins camouflage it well in a planted tank. It comes from the Amazon region of South America from fast flowing rivers to flood plains.

A larger aquarium of at least 70 gallons is recommended to house the Trinidad Plecostomus. It will get rather large in the aquarium, so provide plenty of room for it to move. Plants, rocks, and driftwood help mirror its natural environment and help give it a sense of security.

In the wild this fish is an egg layer, but breeding in an aquarium setting has not been successful.

A useful herbivore in an aquarium with algae, the Trinidad Pleco will keep algae under control under normal tank conditions. If no algae are present, supplement with algae wafers and other herbivore preparations.


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kerry December 21, 2009 at 3:58 am

i’m from trinidad, i know that fish all too well, we use it in aquariums as cleaner fishes, it’s mouth is under it’s boby and acts as a suction device to hold on to rocks and the glass of aquariums when it’s not at the bottom, it’s a bottom dwelling fish, our local name for it here is “TEATTA” or if it’s a big one a “MAMA-TEATTA” there’s also a rare one that looks like a dead rotting fish called a “JUMBIE-TEATTA”

kerry December 21, 2009 at 4:00 am

i’m from trinidad, i know that fish all too well, we use it in aquariums as cleaner fishes, it’s mouth is under it’s boby and acts as a suction device to hold on to rocks and the glass of aquariums when it’s not at the bottom, it’s a bottom dwelling fish, our local name for it here is “TEATTA” or if it’s a big one a “MAMA-TEATTA” there’s also a rare one that looks like a dead rotting fish called a “JUMBIE-TEATTA” i’ve never seen that one, but the one in the picture is the very common one.

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