They just get so darn big! I don't want to be afraid of a fish I haven't had experience with but I feel like they will squelch up the glass and crawl up my arm or that it will somehow get out of the aquarium and suck on everything in my room including my feet, like a snakehead! Please help me with my irrational fear of being eaten by a giant catfish!
In my opinion, this is a thing that there is really no real reason to 'get over,' lol! There is no need to own a pleco, ever. If you have a general disposition to not liking them, or being nervous around them. . . don't get one! Better to leave well enough alone than take a chance bringing home a creature that you might not be okay with handling, then have to re-home him in the future, I think. . . phobias are funny things, and logic rarely has anything to do with them, I've found. I once met a guy who was absolutley stinking TERRIFIED of guppies. Even, like, ONE guppy was enough to make him go all creepy crawly! It's okay - just a random funny thing. Not much I can do if he comes to visit me, but he sure doesn't need to keep them in his own house!