Pilcher Park Nature Center Needs Your Too Big Plecostomus

The nature center has five huge tanks and could use more fish to control the algae.

Pilcher Park Nature Center gave a shout-out to their Facebook friends this morning, looking for their overgrown plecostomus.

"They tend to grow bigger than people can keep in their little aquariums and they tend to keep our tanks clean," Debbie Greene, Superintendent Pilcher Park Nature Center said.

Usually, the staff at Pilcher Park Nature Center is dealing with the opposite problem. People will drop off unwanted turtles or snakes, etc. The nature center does not need any other animals, but they are looking for plecostomus.

The five giant tanks at the center line the walls, where you can see native fish, can learn about what happens to our waterways when they are polluted and just watch the large fish swim around.

According to www.aquariumcommunity.com, an average plecostomus gets between 1 and 2 feet.

"They get very big, we have some that are about a foot long," Greene said.

In captivity, they can live between 20 and 30 years.

If you can help the nature center out, call 815-741-7277 and ask for Terri Lesnak.

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