Yes, you need to feed a plecostomus. There’s a belief that a plecostomus can survive by just eating the algae in its tank. This is untrue. If you don’t feed your plecostomus, it will lead to malnourishment, stunted growth, stress, illness, and even death.
Despite being algae eaters, plecostomus are omnivores. Here are some great foods your plecostomus will love:
- Algae wafers or tablets
- Sinking pellets
- Brine shrimps
- Frozen bloodworms
- Cut-up vegetables, such as zucchini, lettuce, and kale
Feed your plecostomus one to three times a week. Because it’s a nocturnal fish, you should feed it at night. Additionally, you should also place driftwood in the tank to serve as a source of food and hiding spot for your plecostomus.