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Plecostomus Photos

Last Updated: 5/20/16

Photos and Videos of My Plecostomus
Photos of Other People's Plecostomus

Photos and Videos of My Plecostomus

Photos and videos are listed from oldest to newest.

Plecostomus - Plecy, taken 8/23/98 at about 10 inches long.

Plecostomus - Plecy, taken 10/24/98.

Plecostomus - Plecy, taken 1/23/01 when much bigger. Even my brand new camera refuses to focus and instead focuses on the glass!

Plecostomus head - a really nice digital close-up of Plecy's head on 10/14/01.

Plecostomus - Plecy with his sail fully open (finally got a photo of that!) on 2/8/02.

Plecostumus underside - The pretty bottom of Plecy as he sucks on the glass on 2/8/02. The tank was a 40 gallon breeder, and Plecy spanned the entire height when stuck there.

Plecostomus - Plecy in April of 2003.

Someone demanded a new photo of Plecy! So, here it is! Plecy on 9/22/03, front view.

Plecy and the apple snail on 6/19/05.

Plecy in the pretty much empty 40 gallon tank on 1/14/06.

Plecy on 1/14/06.

40 gallon tank on 2/4/06 with Plecy and the three goldfish.

Plecy's underside on 2/4/06. There was a white cut half way down.

Plecy on the far left in the 40 gallon tank on 3/17/07 before I tore it down.

Plecy with Frodo (fantail goldfish) next to him on 3/17/07.
Plecy on 3/17/07.

Plecy was moved to a new 65 gallon tank on 3/18/07 which cracked. So, he went back to the 40 gallon tank on 3/20/07. I did not move the gravel there but held it in buckets while waiting to get in a new tank (I had to buy two, see here for details). This day, 3/24/07, I took photos from under the tank, looking up. These show Plecy's belly as seen from below which was a unique photographic opportunity.
Photo - from below, shows Plecy and the goldfish.
Photo - from below, shows Plecy and the goldfish.
Plecy from below.

Plecy waiting in the 40 gallon tank on 3/24/07.

65 gallon tank - set up the second time, 3/31/07. Plecy is on the left. He can finally stretch out!
65 gallon tank - set up the second time, 3/31/07. Plecy was taking a gulp just as this photo was done! This caught him the moment he came down from hitting the surface so he had a bubble in his mouth.
Plecy gulping air - this is a close-up of the last photo showing the bubbles leaving Plecy's mouth after he surfaced. Neat photo!

These photos are from 12/15/08 of Plecy in the 65 gallon tank:
Plecy on the glass.
Plecy on the glass from the end.
Plecy on the glass with a ruler.
Plecy on the glass.
Plecy on the bottom.
Plecy on the bottom.
Plecy on the bottom.

Plecy on 7/3/10. I took the photo at a strange angle.

These two photos are of Plecy and Legolas (fantail) on 9/24/11.
Plecy
Plecy

Here is a video of Plecy swimming around on 9/24/11:
Plecy - 2552 KB, mpg movie.

I took some photos of Plecy on 6/19/12. There are a lot of black ramshorn snails around as well.
Plecy - head
Plecy - underbelly
Plecy - right side
Plecy - right side

Here is Plecy on 4/2/14. He was eating fish food off the surface.
Plecy - left side
Plecy - belly

I took these photos of Plecy on 2/6/16:
Plecy - left side.
Plecy - left side, closer in.

Information on my plecostomus' 65 gallon tank setup can be found at my tank description page.

Photos of Other People's Plecostomus

Photos are listed from newest to oldest.

Pleco at the National Aquarium on 8/8/14. I think this one was the same species as my Plecy!

Here are two photos of what looks like the same species of pleco that I have, Liposarcus pardalis, that I took at the Washington, D.C. zoo on 10/2/11. He/she is eating zucchini. This fish was big, over a foot long. The other fish in the first photos is some species of huge characin.
Pleco
Pleco

Gold nugget pleco at the National Aquarium in Baltimore on 7/20/10.

Robin sent this photo of her pleco, Bob, on 10/23/09. Bob was a 20" Gibbiceps pleco who was 10" in this photo. Robin had Bob for 10 years.
Bob the Pleco

On 8/30/08 and 8/31/08, Shirley sent these photos of her common pleco named Big Bow. His color was a bit off. He may have been washed out from lighter gravel.
Pleco - top view
Pleco - right side view

On 4/19/08, Nicola sent these photos of two plecos. One looks like my Plecy while the other is an albino version.
Albino common pleco
Regular and albino common plecos
Albino common pleco
Regular and albino common plecos

On 3/19/08, LP sent these photos of his common pleco.
Pleco - right side view
Pleco - right side view
Pleco - right side view, flashed
Pleco - left side view

On 1/28/08, Holly sent this photo of her pleco named Plucky who was 8" long.
Pleco

On 12/16/07, Julie sent this photo of her pleco's tail. It has an unusual extension to it. The pleco is named Jaws.
Pleco's tail

Alison sent this photo of her 4.5" pleco on 11/22/07. I am not sure what species he is.
Pleco
Alison's tank - with a fantail goldfish (pleco not in sight)

On 10/28/07, Michael sent this photo of his pleco. His pleco was 24 years old and 13 inches long in the photo and feeling under the weather. I suggested places to hide, driftwood, water changes, and a more varied diet.
Old Pleco

Maor from Israel sent this photo of his pleco on 9/18/07. He took the fish out of the water for the photo (I do NOT suggest that). He did not ask for the identification (seems to be one of the common sorts of plecos) but asked that I post the photo which I finally got around to doing on 1/26/08!
Pleco

Mariesha sent this photo of her pleco on 9/14/07. It is one of the common sorts of plecos but I am not sure which one.
Pleco

Zach sent this photo of his leopard sailfin pleco named Leopard on 6/15/07.
Leopard

Phil sent this photo of Mick the pleco on 3/25/07. Mick is 12 inches long, and Phil has had him since he was 3" in March of 2005. We are not sure which species Mick is but after looking at planetcatfish.com, Phil thinks he looks like a alligator or chocolate pleco. Zach thinks it is a leopard sailfin pleco.
Mick

On 12/30/06, Mikette sent this photo of her pleco.
Pleco

Ashley sent me this photo of her 7" pleco named Dumpster on 6/1/06. Dumpster may be a Liposarcus.
Dumpster

Lindsey sent me this photo of Twizzle, a common pleco on 4/27/06.
Twizzle

Sharon sent me a photo of her 12" plecostomus, Sonny, on 2/26/06.

On 9/28/01, Connie sent me a photo of a pleco that I kept but never put in a link to it until 12/04 so here it is: pleco. I am not sure which species this pleco is. I found her old e-mail which said that this pleco at the time was 12 to 13 inches long. She had gotten it just two years previous at 2 inches long! I do not quite believe that growth rate!


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