What Is the Sailfin Pleco?


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A sailfin pleco is a type of algae-eating catfish of the species P. gibbiceps or G. gibbiceps. Sailfin plecos are one of the larger species of the plecostomus family, reaching 18 to 20 inches as adults.

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The sailfin pleco is also known by the common names clown pleco and leopard pleco. They require a steady diet of algae and driftwood. Like most plecos, sailfin plecos can live 10 to 15 years in captivity, or upwards of 20 years in the wild. This type of pleco requires a very large tank as an adult, with a 100-gallon aquarium serving as the minimum size.

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