The L191 Dull Eyed Royal Pleco is a species of catfish known scientifically as Panaque cf. nigrolineatus. It is also commonly referred to as the Royal Pleco or Imperial Pleco.
Habitat and Distribution
The L191 Dull Eyed Royal Pleco is native to the Amazon River basin in South America, specifically in the Rio Negro and Orinoco river systems. They are found in rocky, fast-moving waters with moderate to strong currents.
Size and Lifespan
The L191 Dull Eyed Royal Pleco can grow up to 15 inches (38 cm) in length and has a lifespan of up to 10 years.
Diet and Behavior
The L191 Dull Eyed Royal Pleco is primarily herbivorous and feeds on algae, plant matter, and wood. They are known for their ability to digest wood, which is achieved through a specialized digestive system that breaks down cellulose. They are peaceful and typically do well in community tanks, but may become territorial during breeding.
Breeding and Reproduction
The L191 Dull Eyed Royal Pleco is difficult to breed in captivity and little is known about their reproductive behavior in the wild.
Aquarium Care and Tank Requirements
The L191 Dull Eyed Royal Pleco requires a minimum tank size of 75 gallons, with plenty of hiding places and structures for them to hide in and explore. They prefer a well-oxygenated environment with moderate to strong water currents. Water temperature should be maintained between 75-82°F (24-28°C), pH between 6.0-7.5, and hardness between 2-10 dGH.
Ideal Tank Mates
The L191 Dull Eyed Royal Pleco is generally peaceful and can be kept with a variety of other peaceful fish species, including tetras, cichlids, and other plecos.
The L191 Dull Eyed Royal Pleco can be considered moderately difficult to care for due to their specific dietary needs and the need for a well-oxygenated environment. They also require a larger tank and specialized wood to chew on in order to maintain proper digestion.
- Temperature: 75-82°F (24-28°C)
- pH: 6.0-7.5
- Hardness: 2-10 dGH
- The L191 Dull Eyed Royal Pleco is known for their unique ability to digest wood, which they achieve through a specialized digestive system.
- In the wild, they are often found hiding in crevices and caves in rocky river beds.
- The L191 Dull Eyed Royal Pleco is often used by aquarists to control algae growth in their tanks due to their herbivorous diet.
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