A few weeks ago, I figured out why all of the new algae eaters I got kept dying: my parameters were way off! Because of this, I changed my filter and did excessive maintenance on my tank in order to make it habitable for new fish again. After a few weeks of monitoring and doing maintenance, I think the tank is finally ready for some new inhabitants.
Today, I went out to my local PetSmart and was astonished to find the strangest pleco I've ever seen (I've included a picture above for reference)! I know there are plecos out there of many different patterns and colors, but I have never in my life seen or even heard of a red pleco. Immediately, I searched on my phone for any info I could find, without many results: the only fish I found was the red bristlenose pleco, and it has a much lighter, almost orange hue compared to plecos in the store. The plecos were labeled as "Albino red-eye pleco" in the store, but their skin is much too dark to be that of an albino pleco's, being a dark red.
Since the fish looked/acted in good health, I decided to buy one of the strange sucker fish. Right now, he's currently quarantining and preparing to be put in my tank, and while I don't think that there's anything wrong with him, I would love some explanation. As you can see in the photo, he has red eyes and a dark red body, which I have never seen in any pleco. Is he an existing breed that's just difficult to find on the internet? Is this some sort of new hybrid pleco? If anyone has any info on what type of Plecostomus this is, I would love to hear it!
PS: If you can't see the photo of the fish, please respond immediately and tell me so that I may fix it.