“I’m a famous sucker! At least when it comes to sucking up algae in aquariums!”
The Plecostomus is a great sucker fish with an appetite for algae – even more so when
The Plecostomus Hypostomus plecostomus or Pleco is a common and popular fish in the freshwater fish industry. Most aquarists know about them and have tried them out in one or more of their aquariums at one point or another. The Pleco is a catfish and is an algae eater. So in aquariums they are commonly purchased as a way to control algae. They are also very hardy and durable catfish.
The Plecostomus has a tall dorsal fin, a moon-shaped tail fin and a suckermouth under it’s head. Its eyes can also roll around in the sockets. They are dark colored fish, with the base being a light brown which is heavily speckled with blotches of both stripes and spots. They can also come in an albino coloring, where they have little or no dark areas.
Most people buy plecos when they are young and only around 3 inches (8 cm) long. Once full-grown, however, they can reach 24″ (61 cm) in length! More often though, they don’t grow larger than 12-15″ in captivity. They reach their total length quickly and live an average of 10-15 years in an aquarium.
The Plecostomus is in general easy to take care of. Provide them with some wood and other decorations to provide caves for them to hide in. They are nocturnal and so do all their eating and activity at night. They feed mostly on the algae growing in the aquarium. Note that they are jumpers, so make sure to keep a cover on your aquarium. Younger plecos are easier to care for than larger ones… Read More
New iPhone Game Donates Proceeds to Environmental Charities
GreenPleco is a game studio that creates fun mobile games in order to raise awareness for environmental issues. Their latest iPhone and iPad game, GreenPleco: The Sucker Fish, hits the Apple App Store today. 100% of the profit from all sales will be donated to environmental charities.
“Our ultimate goal is to make factory farms illegal and stop all animal cruelty while offering a great, fun game,” says Milton Mariscal, co-founder of GreenPleco. “Many nonprofits have few ways of getting financial support. With each download, we raise money for organizations that care for animals and the environment.”
GreenPleco has already donated to several charities, including Save the Manatee Club, while developing this game.
GreenPleco contains one full game and a series of three mini-games, each of which features a lovable animal helping to rehabilitate the environment. By combining fast-paced action with memorable characters such as The Sucker Fish, Mr. PigBounce, Claudia the Crab, and Gemma the Turtle, the game appeals to both adults and children alike.
“If you like fun games and you care about the environment, this game is for you,” says Milton Mariscal.
GreenPleco: The Sucker Fish is available worldwide in the iTunes App Store for $1.99.
GreenPleco is run by Milton and Claudia Mariscal, animal enthusiasts who want to bring awareness to environmental issues in unique ways. GreenPleco’s mission is to support nonprofit organizations in their efforts to protect many different species of animals on our planet. The company’s name and logo is inspired by the algae eater fish “hypostomus plecostomus,” more commonly known as the sucker fish.
Check out the cool GreenPleco! game app!
Milton & Claudia Mariscal
Founders of GreenPleco Games