Catfish are commonly found in beginner and novices aquariums, but are also utilized by more experienced aquarists as part of the “cleanup crew”. Many species, such as the Plecostomus, are great at keeping your glass, rocks, plants and substrate clean.

They can also be very interesting to watch and often possess interesting personalities. Some of the more common species are nocturnal and will fairly quiet and docile during daylight hours.

The well known Pleco

Below are the most commonly kept Catfish in the hobby. It is very important that you choose your Catfish correctly as some, such as the Pleco, can grow very large and quickly outgrow your aquarium. Each fish profile below will advise you on sizes, water parameters and other requirements.