These small catfish have delicate features with lots of beautiful coloration.
The Clown Plecos help keep the algae down in the water filter so it won't look dirty, which could be worth its weight in gold when choosing an animal companion.
The Clown Pleco protects plants and their habitat by consuming excess algae. They vary in size from 3-4 inches long depending on their variety, but most average about 3.5".
A Clown pleco is a great starter pet for aquarium enthusiasts who want to start with small and low maintenance!
The Clown Pleco Appearance
Clown Plecos are known for their distinctive ball-shaped shape with a broad head that angles into the flat, narrow body and laterally facing suckermouth.
They also have broad pectoral fins on either side of their bodies to help them better maneuver in the water and an upright rayed dorsal fin at the back end, which allows them to swim quickly.
Clown pleco fish are dark brown or black, overlaid with bright stripes of orange and yellow. These unique colors make them easy to spot in the water when they dart about carelessly searching for food.
Clown plecos have an initial base color that ranges from light shades like tan all the way up to very dark tones such as deep chocolate browns or blacks. The lines on their body are usually white but can be orange or yellow.
Characteristics of the Clown Pleco
Clown plecos are nocturnal fish and prefer dark environments but can be comfortable in a brightly lit tank if it has plenty of shade or a cave to keep the light out.
These fish need driftwood, sticks, and branches to be happy it's essential for their diet balance and encourage edible algae growth. Rocks also play a crucial role in this process by adding a surface area where biofilm can grow and become food sources.
A diverse environment will ensure that these fish are always getting the proper nutrients they need while helping you maintain your tank's cleanliness.
Tankmates and Aggressiveness
Clown Plecos are very docile fish and do not typically get aggressive.
They can be kept with various other bottom dwellers, such as tetras, rasboras, and minnows, but they also do well with loaches or Corydoras species!
The Diet of The Clown Pleco
Offer them a rotating mix of sinking algae wafers and spirulina pellets mixed with fresh veggies like peas, carrots, cucumbers, and spinach twice per day. To deter them from eating live plants.
Clown Plecos are an excellent choice for beginner fish keepers and seasoned veterans alike.
These hardy, undemanding creatures will thrive in tanks of 20 gallons or more with just the basics like good water quality, food supplements like frozen bloodworms to supplement their diet, and an aquarium filter system that can handle its size and waste output.
Clown Pleco's make excellent companions because they're so easygoing.
Do clown Plecos need to be in groups?
No, you don't have to keep clown plecos in groups. These fish are fine being kept solo. Just make sure you are keeping them in an appropriate size tank. Five-gallon would be too small, and a 10-gallon aquarium is the minimum size to put a clown pleco in.
How big do clown Plecos get?
Most clown plecos will get between 3-3.5" with some reaching around 4" when kept in good conditions.
While this is a rare occurrence, it can and will happen from time to time. Fish are live animals and we cannot ensure that every one will arrive alive or remain alive.We do ask that if your fish arrives dead (DOA), submit a picture of the deceased fish that is in the bag within 2 hours of the delivery time of your fish. We will work quickly with you to resolve the problem.
We will offer replacement fish for any losses, but do not offer refunds at this time. We can replace fish butshipping costs is the responsibilityof the buyer.If you put the fish in your tank and it dies or is not acting properly, please contact us, with pictures,within 24 hours. We will again, do everything in our power to resolve the issue and ensure that you have a great experience with these fish.
Most Shipments will be 2-day unless otherwise noted. We shipfish on Mondays and Tuesdays only (excluding holidays) to ensure fish arrive before weekends. This allows us to completely prepare the fish for shipping andensure they are healthy prior to arriving at your door. All fish will be shipped with oxygenated water and specific additives in the water to ensurethey maintain their health and stability during shipment. Depending on the species of fish and current weather conditions, the fish may arrive with a heat pack or ice pack to maintain the optimal temperature which further ensures thehealth and safety of your fish. All costs of shipping (postage, packaging,heat/ice packs, etc.) are included in the Shipping fee. We ship to only thecontinental United States and are unable to ship to P.O. boxes, must bephysical address.
"The fish I received do not look like the fish in thepicture. Why is this?"
- We typically take photographs of one or two fish when we initially get them in. Since we have a large quantity of most of the various species of fish, it would be understandably impossible to provide a picture ofevery individual fish with a specific species. For some of our more rare orlarger fish, the picture listed may be the actual fish that you are receiving.If this is the case, it will be designated by ?WYSIWYG?, meaning ?what you see,is what you get?.
"What happens if my fish arrive dead?"
- While this is a rare occurrence, it can and willhappen from time to time. Fish are live animals and we cannot ensure that everyone will arrive alive or remain alive.We do ask that if your fisharrives dead (DOA), submit a picture of the deceased fish that is in the bag.We will work quickly with you to resolve the problem. We will offer replacement fish for any losses, but do not offer refunds at this time. We will reship any replacement fish at the buyer's expense.If you put the fish in your tank and it dies or is not acting properly, please contact us, with pictures, within 24 hours. We will again, do everything in our power to resolvethe issue and ensure that you have a great experience with these fish.
"What if I'm not home when the fish arrive?"
- We will always provide you with a tracking number. While the fish are packaged to survive about 72+ hours within the shipping containers, we do ask that you make arrangements to arrive home to inspect your fish as soon as possible after they are delivered to your home. Itis always suggested to provide an area for the delivery person to place the boxthat is out of direct sunlight or extreme temperatures.
"What do I do with my fish once I've unpacked them?"
- Like you would with any new fish, let the entire bag float in your tank for 15-30 minutes. This allows the temperature withinthe bag to adjust to the same as your tank and will reduce temperature shock onthe fish. After this time, you can add all of the fish and water that is in thebag into your tank. The products used within the water for shipping will notharm any existing fish within your tank and actually makes the transition foryour new fish a bit easier. After this, expect your new fish to take a few daysto become fully adjusted, this includes hiding, floating at the top, sinking tothe bottom, and not eating. After a few days, your new fish should be acting aswimming like they normally would. At this point, enjoy your aquarium!
"I want to return my new fish because x,y,z?"
- Unfortunately, we are unable to accept returns.We do recommend contacting us via email with yourorder number and as much information as possible. We will try to assist you inresolving whatever the issue may be.
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