Animal Stories - Leopard Pleco

Animal-World Information about: Leopard Pleco

The Leopard Plecostomus is one of the hardiest and most enduring of all catfishes!
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Deb - 2008-10-08
I have a leopard pleco who does not seem to be doing so well. He has not eaten for the last 3 weeks, has not defecated in that long, his belly looks swollen. The tank is cleaned weekly, he is in a 55 gal tank. We had a algae bloom and treated it. We use a uv sterilizer and did a big water change 3 days ago. Today he would swim to top, take a breath, go back to bottom and almost fall on his side. any suggestion. thanks

Asian Fisherman5893 - 2008-09-15
Today my girlfriend bought me a pleco leopard and albino cory and they are doing just fine. Still in my small 10gallon tank things are a little crowded. The guppies are about to hatch and also the calico and celestial goldfish have died due to cloudy corneas. So just the guppies and the two new fish I got today...

So if any one can help me with the goldfish would that be great and other than that I am still waiting for the nice size 120 gallon tank so I can build an actual home for all my fish and also homes for each kind.

justice - 2008-08-20
I have a pleco thats a foot long. I measured when he was on the side and he is in a small tank 18 inches. Should he get that big, all I have in there are 6 guppies but we don't have the funds to buy a new tank, will he get bigger?

gregs - 2008-07-22
There are tons of them in a pond behind my house and they are very large (20" to 36"). They have removed most of the vegetation from the pond. I would like to get rid of some of them so I wonder if I should just cull them or farm them out to other areas.

J - 2008-07-22
I have 1 leopard pleco and I have located him at the top and middle of my tank. I even spotted him doing a flip.

J - 2008-07-21
I have 1 leopard pleco and it is getting along well with my 5 sword tails.

Alyssa - 2008-05-29
I have a leapord pleco that I have had for a few weeks and it is starting to lose its color. Its scales are starting to dim and turn grey. If you know anything about what may be wrong please contact me at

Shelly - 2007-11-28
My parents had one of these when I was a kid. It got huge, so we put it in our pond in the yard. It kept getting bigger though, and no pet shops would take it. Eventually a friend of the family saw it and thought it was real cool, so we gave it to him. I kind of miss it.

Peter Blais - 2007-10-29
Hi I have a 55gal aquarium and 2 Leopard Plecos. I find that they are getting a bit large for my tank. The 2 I bought in Dec 2006 at 2.5 inches are now 8 inches.
I hope they are at the max for a 55gal.

Jeremy Munson - 2007-10-20
i bought a sailfin pleco for my 10 gallon tank almost 3 months ago. He was roughly 2 1/2 inches and now he is close to 4 1/2 inches. i didnt know they grew that fast, or maybe it's something else. he gets along well with my 4 golden zebra danios, even though they pester him once in a while. I also, just today, bought a small Cory catfish and they seem to be friends already.