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Giant aquarium fish caught in Cape Coral canal

08/10/17

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CAPE CORAL, Fla. - A Cape Coral man was fishing behind his house and caught a nearly two-foot fish normally found in an aquarium.

Not only should the fish be in a tank, but Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission, FWC, officials said it's invasive.

It was awesome," Eric Snyder said. I couldnt believe it when I brought it in.

Snyder was bobber fishing with a small piece of bread at the end of his line when he reeled in a Plecostomus fish.

That fish is also known as a Pleco fish, sucker fish, or sometimes a sucker catfish.

Snyder said when he caught it he didn't know what it was. He took to Facebook to see what others thought, and his post was fairly popular on a group for Cape Coral residents.

"I'll definitely remember that day as long as I live," he said.

Another Cape Coral fisherman, Hank Appleton, has been fishing all his life and hopes this invasion slows down.

"There's nothing good to come of releasing it," Appleton said.

He fears if the fish multiply the entire canal ecosystem could be threatened.

Pleco fish are commonly used in fish tanks to help clean. The FWC says the fish was likely released into the canal system from an aquarium.

Aquariums and Reptiles of Fort Myers said to never release fish from an aquarium into the wild. Some options to rid the fish would be to sell them or donate them to a fish store.