Friday, October 23, 2009

The Janitor Fish

Well hubby call this fish "the cleaning guy". We have this guy for almost 2 years now and he hasn't changed a bit. I can't recall his original size. I am glad though because usually they don't last long in my aquarium.
(look who's hiding!)

The suckermouth catfish or Hypostomus plecostomus, is a tropical fish belonging to the armored catfish family, named for the armor-like longitudinal rows of scutes that cover the upper parts of the head and body (the lower surface of head and abdomen is naked). Although the name Hypostomus plecostomus is often used to refer to Common plecos sold in aquarium shops, most are actually members of other genera.
In the Philippines, in the aquarium trade, it is called the janitor fish. The suckermouth catfish is named for its sucker-like mouth, which allows it to adhere to a surface, as well as to hold and rasp at food. These fish are sold when they are young and small but they can grow to be a maximum size of over a foot to around 50 cm or so.

Suckermouth catfish are of little or no value as a food fish, although they are at least occasionally consumed over their native range. However, they are of great value in the aquarium trade in the United States.

18 comments :

Cacai M. said...

hoizzt tsada nuon ang janitor fish madam sis ky isog ni sila, I mean dli dali mamatay, katong sa akong uncle saona nga did2 ko nag-stay, pila na ka years, buhi japun.. heheh.. daghan na namatay nga fishes.. xa still stand japun.. hehe.. nice!

RØN™ said...

They easily adapt to the kind of water they're in, thats why they're called janitor fish, hehe, they eat sh*t pud if la na lain... CoOl xD

kat-iTravel said...

nah wa ko hilig anang aqauarium Dhemz kay kapoy ug limpyo sa aquarium..hehehe..ako eldest hilig anang mga fish pero dili hilig mang limpyo sa aquarium..mao ng di ko musugot kung naa mi aqaurium kay dugang dugang lang sa akong schedule waaaa hahaha.

3 lang ako blogs oi, kay kadtong Sparks kay Jason man jud to kay siya man hilig anang mga tula, nya kay wa man sya taym mag blog kay nag school lagi from Monday to Saturday nya whole day pa jud, then Sunday play pod ug basketball kay player man sya sa school...so naundang iya blog hehehe.

mura kapoy man ng kitchen oi kay magluto na pod ko, wa ra ba ko helper nga taga slice bahala ako ang mag luto hehe..klareks tapulan jud..hehe

TY sa visit ug comment..hehe

Meryl (proud pinay) said...

Hi sa iyong alagang fish sis ^_^ nice pet. waaah! na miss ko tuloy un aquarium namin sa pinas.
musta na sis? ako eto, kakagising lang...nag nap me kanikanina hehe...super antukin na ako. hehe. happy weekend sis.mwah!

eden said...

we have 2 similar to that catfish and we call them "vacuum "but david calls them, monster fish..hehehe

Anne said...

Sis dhemz, agoy daghan jud na dire labi na tong nagbaha sa Marikina agoy mga Janitor fish daghana nanglutaw tawon.

Korek si Lola cacai, dugay na sila mamatay mura man gud ug kapal kaau ug panit hehehe! Murag gaspang ambot dili ko kasabot heheh!

Agoy daku diay na value diha. Pede ko magbaligya gikan dire sis? hehhe! tagpila kaha pud... naa jud na daghan dire oi!

vialentino said...

wow...nice aquarium u got there....i know janitor fish...got to know from my dad cause he got a big fish aquarium at his house...

shydub said...

Pwedi hulaman nku imung janitor fish tsang ipalimpyo nku sa balay ky perti jd hugawa as in dili ko ganahan manglimpyo. Gikapoy nku sge panlimpyo dri.

Nitago mn ang imung fish tsang, manggiuwawon d i ni siya waaaaaaa.

Unsay mga planos ninyo saweekend, kami wala oi, mao feel nku mangaway ron ky kapoy ko as in. Pundo balay as usual, same old same old bayot.

Busy d i mo ug carving dha ron..... Wala d i niabot imu order waaaa. ka bad sa walmart oi, may gani imu gi operder layo pa halloween naa paka time to shop intawn. Na witch nlng ang kulot, next year nlng si cat woman gd.

Happy weekend ninyo dha and pa kiss sa kulot dha tsang, manukad sko ug blog aron ma inspire ko panglimpyo waaaaaa.

♡ N o r e e n said...

Dati may aquarium din kami, ginawa ko para sa mga abta pero itinapon ko nung lumipat kami di kasi pwede dalhi. Malayo byahe huhuhu

Lulu said...

ka nice ba sa imong aquarium mami... akong aquarium 50-gal pero bulinaw man lang sulod ani... saon namatay man gud akong mga gold fish mao dili na ko palit ug lain nga fish mantinir nalang ko sa bulinaw!

shydub said...

ga mata pa d i ka dha bayot heheheh aw sus sayo pa mn d i dha sa inyo ron sa. Da gikapoy ko ug drop oi pas sko karon ky going to bed nku hapit rko kadali dri tan aw sa janitor kung gikapoy naba ug panglimpyo.

Pero ska nku bed ky akong partner dri sge na tila tila iya kamut ug yawyaw,. yaw yawan sd ni blondeha heheheheh.

|Preha ta tsang dili kaayo mi close sa amo papa, gawas sa among youngest BFF sila sa akong papa. Bisag sa akong mama tsang dili mn mi close pala kusi mn gd waaaa.

Mo katawa gd na akong barkada sa una ky kung naa ko sa balay mura daw ko ug birhin sa kabuotan, pero kung makalaag akong tabi ug duwa tanan waaaaa.

hala tsang oi nytnyt na dili na jd mapugngan si blonde, as in lagot na jd siya waaaa. kiss sa kulot mmwah

chubskulit said...

enjoy ako kakabasa sa nobela ni bakla lol..Ang balay ba bahay sis? Balay din kasi sa donsol (My bicol place) hehehe..

Janitor fish din tawag ko dyan sa fish.. ganda naman ng aquarium.. Hanap ko CC entry mo eh ... mwah.. Have a blessed Sunday!

S-H-Y said...

wa ko gi ganahi sa isda, giganahan ko sa di color na stone hehe...

David Funk said...

Yeah, and you know that fish wanted no part of having it's picture taken! LOL!

I like the pics as always, and was unaware of the original name for that type.

As always, I thank you for sharing that with us!

Hi! I'm Grace said...

Nindot kaayo ang imo aquarium, Dhemz. Hmm, gitagaan ko nimo idea dah... dili man mi pwede mag-pet diri, gibilin namo ang mga dogs namo sa iya parents. Pwede ra tingali ang fish. He-he-he

Meryl (proud pinay) said...

hi sis, I'm here again...kakagising lang ulit from nap. waaaah! lazy me minsan ...medyo antukin na ang lola mo...musta na? mukhang bc kayo this weekend..have a blessed sunday. ^_^ mishu! mwah! ^_^

Mel Avila Alarilla said...

Ang galing mo namang mag explain Dhemz. Para kang propesora. Very scientific at educational ang pagkakapaliwanag mo ng topic mo. Kaya ka pala nakakuha ng matataas na grades sa school, pang scholar pala ang beauty mo. Thanks for the post. God bless you always.

Clarissa said...

How envious talaga!!We used to have an aquarium too kaya lang when we moved here sa apartment namin,di na namin nadala kasi aksaya sa space(T_T)I love your aquarium!

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