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Planted tanks with high aeration and water movement are essential in creating a healthy environment for the Mango Pleco. The addition of rocks and driftwood will help to create a natural habitat and supply hiding spaces to reduce stress. For optimal living conditions, it is highly recommended to provide a minimum tank size of 70 gallons in order to house this fish. Furthermore, having the right water parameters is also essential to ensure that the Mango Pleco has a healthy and content life. To maximize the chances of success, it is important to research the water parameters for this fish before purchasing.
Despite the current lack of success in breeding Plecostomus in captivity, research is ongoing and progress is being made. Different techniques, such as providing plants and rocks for the fish to anchor, are being tested to help improve the survival of the species. With the combined efforts of scientists, conservationists, and aquarists, I believe that it is only a matter of time before successful captive breeding of Plecostomus is achieved. Furthermore, I am confident that with the right education and resources, individuals can contribute to the success of this endeavor.
Feeding the Mango Plecostomus is not difficult; it is not a picky eater and gets most of its nutrition from left over food and algae. If there is no algae or left over food present, supplement with high quality flake food, sinking carnivore pellets, freeze-dried bloodworms, and tubifex.