Sooner or later, nearly all freshwater aquarium hobbyists will purchase one of the plecostomus species. This ubiquitous member of the catfish family is usually purchased to help control nuisance algae in the aquarium. Also known as a sucker-mouth catfish, the Plecostomus (Pleco for short) has the ability to flatten its mouth like a suction cup and use 100’s of small rasping teeth to scrape the algae off the rocks and even the glass of the aquarium.
Part of the beauty of aquarium keeping is learning about all the different habitats of the fish you can keep: where they come from, the types of water parameters they prefer, and their nutritional requirements. It is this last one that sometimes re-enforces the concept of the “survival of the fittest”. While the majority of fish kept by hobbyists can be fed prepared fish foods, there are some pure predators that must have live food
The GloFish Electric Green Barbs are developed with selective breeding of the Albino Tiger Barb, one of the hardier Barbs, and have the same scientific name, Puntius tetrazona. A certain gene in the Albino Tiger Barb is used to produce the Electric Green color. Electric Green Barb GloFish breed and reproduce naturally with this fluorescent color, rather than being injected or dyed.