The Super Red Pleco is famous as an aquarium cleaner. While they won’t eat waste, they’ll eat most types of algae and greens, keeping the side of the tank clean.
Native to the Amazon, these fish prefer a slightly acidic environment with water at about 5.5 pH at most. They are, however, adaptable and will survive in tanks with higher pH levels. In addition, they thrive in water that is a minimum of 75°F and adapt well to warmer temperatures.
Being river fish, they’re adept at navigating a current and so prefer free-flowing water. They forage for food among rocks and crevices and require many holes to hide. They tend to be shy and will appreciate a cave that shields them.
The fish themselves are bright orange to red and may sometimes have a mottled appearance. The males typically grow tentacles to better forage for food, but this is a trait that some females also show. However, it’s the tentacles rather than the color that make these fish the showstoppers that they are.
These fish are shy and peaceful and make good tank mates. Pair them with:
Red Head Tapajos
Black Neon Tetra
They must get a balanced diet of vegetables, algae wafers, and an odd bit of frozen food. They’ll nibble on algae and other plant life within the tank when hungry and are well-known for grazing. They’ll spend most of their day eating, helping keep the water clean.
It’s essential to research which plants to place in the aquarium as they’ll try to eat anything with a relatively soft leaf.
How long do Super Red Plecos live?
They thrive in a range of environments, from a river habitat to a large tropical aquarium. However, they perform best in tanks or habitats that contain 30 gallons of water or more. They’ll live for about ten years with proper care, making them a rewarding addition to an aquatic environment.
How big does a Super Red Pleco get?
The Super Red Pleco grows to a maximum of around 5.9 to 6 inches. Compared to its relatively massive cousin, the Trinidad Pleco, at 20 or more inches, it’s relatively tiny. Still. Considering the size of most home aquariums and the desire to incorporate as many inhabitants as possible, it’s a suitable length.
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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