What is cholla wood for pleco?
Despite its name, cholla wood for plecos is actually the dried husk of the cholla cactus. The product that you’ll receive will be smooth with no thorns, sustainable and raw. The pack of pleco wood from SunGrow contains two cholla pieces that are 6″ long and 1″ in diameter with hollow centers. Pleco and other bottom dwelling fish love to hide and forage among the plants and dark spaces of their aquarium. Primarily nocturnal, these fish can grow to be strong enough to uproot most live plants making cholla wood an excellent choice for plecos.
How do you prepare the pleco wood?
When your two pack of SunGrow Pleco Wood arrives, remove it from its packaging and begin to boil water on your stovetop. Place the two cholla wood pieces into the boiling water and let boil for approximately 3-5 minutes. Remove the wood from the water and allow to cool. A post-boil soak in fresh water is a recommended step. Before placing the pleco wood in your aquarium, give them a quick rinse, even after boiling or soaking. When added directly to an aquarium, the pleco wood will float. To sink cholla wood immediately, soak for 24 to 48 hours and it’ll sink to the bottom of the tank.
Why are pleco fish important to an underwater environment?
Hypostomus plecostomus, also called the suckermouth catfish or pleco, are able to withstand a range of temperatures and water quality, making them great tank mates with several different community fish species. Plecos can be very territorial towards other plecos, so it is best to only keep one of these in each tank. They spend most of their time on the bottom of the tank or hanging out on the side of the aquarium. The hardy and adaptable plecos are scavengers and will eat just about anything. They are friendly, good natured and low maintenance – a great species for beginner aquarists.