Recently, and against my better judgment, i acquired a common pleco. Another teacher was getting rid of him and it came down to my fish tank, or a certain slow painful death in the tank of another teacher who is stubbornly ignorant about how to keep a fish tank and is killing fish as fast as she keeps dumping them into her cesspool of an aquarium. I took pity on the creature and allowed it into my tank to avoid that fate.
My question is: what is your opinion on plecos? The ropes of pleco poo are revolting, but i have to admit, he's doing a good job on the algae. Also, what do you feed them, and how do you make sure he gets fed? I'm worried that he isn't getting any protein because when the fish get fed, he is hiding somewhere and i doubt any food gets past my cichlids.