Common Name: Adonis Pleco
Scientific Name: Acanthicus adonis
Other Names: L155
The Adonis Pleco is a large and striking freshwater fish. They have a dark body covered in white spots and a wide head with a large mouth full of teeth. They can grow up to 3 feet in length in the wild, but generally only reach around 18-20 inches in captivity.
Habitat and Distribution: The Adonis Pleco is found in South America, specifically in the Amazon River basin. They inhabit slow-moving and still waters in both clear and murky rivers, and prefer areas with a lot of cover.
Size and Lifespan: The Adonis Pleco can grow up to 3 feet in length in the wild, but generally only reach around 18-20 inches in captivity. They can live for up to 15-20 years with proper care.
Diet and Behavior: The Adonis Pleco is a nocturnal fish and is typically active at night. They are known to be aggressive and territorial towards other fish, so it is best to keep them in a species-only tank or with other large fish. Their diet consists mainly of meaty foods such as shrimp, crab, and other fish.
Aquarium Care and Tank Requirements: The Adonis Pleco is a large fish that requires a tank with a minimum size of 100 gallons. They prefer a lot of hiding spots and areas to explore, so the tank should be heavily decorated with driftwood, caves, and rocks. The water should be well-filtered and have a pH range of 6.5-7.5.
Ideal Tank Mates: The Adonis Pleco is best kept in a species-only tank or with other large, aggressive fish that are not easily intimidated by their territorial behavior.
Difficulty Level: The Adonis Pleco can be difficult to care for due to their large size and territorial behavior. They require a lot of space and a well-filtered tank to maintain good water quality.
- Temperature: 72-80°F (22-27°C)
- pH: 6.5-7.5
- General Hardness (GH): 4-15 dGH
- Carbonate Hardness (KH): 2-10 dKH
- Ammonia: 0 ppm
- Nitrite: 0 ppm
- Nitrate: 20-40 ppm
- They are often referred to as the "King of the Plecos" due to their large size and striking appearance.
- The Adonis Pleco is a popular fish in the aquarium hobby due to its unique appearance and behavior.
- In the wild, the Adonis Pleco plays an important role in keeping rivers and streams clean by consuming dead and decaying plant and animal matter.
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