This is a picture of my pet plecostomus.  His name is Suck.  He has a very important job in my fish tank.  He sucks up the algae on the glass, on the leaves, and almost anywhere else in the tank, except on other fish.  Besides the algae in the tank, we sometimes give him an algae pellet.  He also likes to turn upside down when we feed the other fish and eat dried flakes like the other fish.

Plecostomuses don’t mind being upside down at all.  Other fish don’t like being upside down.

Other names plecostomuses go by are pleco, plec, common pleco, common plecostomus, and suckermouth catfish.  Its scientific name is Hypostomus plecostomus, which is cool because it rhymes.

When he sticks to the glass, you can see his suckermouth and his belly really well.  He sure is fun to watch.

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Raymie is a 11 year old boy who loves animals. He is always looking around for new animals. He wants to be a zookeeper someday.
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6 Responses to Suck

  1. Grandma Miller says:

    Raymie, I really liked this post about Suck. You’re right, he’s fun to watch. I enjoy looking at him when I visit your house. When Uncle Tim had a fish tank with a plecostomus in it, we used to call it a “sturgeon” because we thought it looked like a miniature sturgeon in the tank.

  2. Raymie says:

    You’re right, Grandma, it does look like a sturgeon. And speaking of sturgeons, I’ve seen sturgeons before.

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  6. Veronica Osorio says:

    I liked this post. I had a plecostomus and <3 him so much.

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