L128 Blue Phantom Pleco, Hemiancistrus sp.
Habitat and Distribution The Blue Phantom Pleco is a freshwater fish species found in the Amazon River Basin in South America. They are typically found in areas with rocky or sandy substrates, and prefer water with moderate to strong currents.
Size and Lifespan The Blue Phantom Pleco can grow up to 5-6 inches in length and has a lifespan of up to 10 years with proper care.
Diet and Behavior In the wild, Blue Phantom Plecos are omnivorous, feeding on algae, insect larvae, and small crustaceans. In the aquarium, they will also accept a variety of sinking foods such as pellets, wafers, and vegetables like zucchini or cucumber. They are peaceful fish that can be kept with other non-aggressive fish species.
Aquarium Care and Tank Requirements A minimum tank size of 30 gallons is recommended for a single Blue Phantom Pleco, with additional space needed for each additional fish. The aquarium should have a fine-grained substrate, with plenty of hiding places in the form of caves and driftwood. A moderate water flow and good filtration are recommended to maintain good water quality.
Ideal Tank Mates Blue Phantom Plecos can be kept with other non-aggressive fish species, but it is important to ensure they have enough space and hiding places in the aquarium.
Difficulty Level The Blue Phantom Pleco is a hardy and easy-to-care-for species, making it a good choice for beginners with some experience in fishkeeping.
- Temperature: 75-82°F (24-28°C)
- pH: 6.0-7.5
- General Hardness (GH): 2-10 dGH
- Carbonate Hardness (KH): 2-8 dKH
- Ammonia: 0 ppm
- Nitrite: 0 ppm
- Nitrate: <20 ppm
Additional Information The Blue Phantom Pleco is also known as L128 and is highly valued for its striking blue and black coloration. It is a popular choice among aquarium hobbyists due to its interesting appearance and ease of care. Blue Phantom Plecos are often bred in captivity, making them readily available in the aquarium trade.
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