Common Name: Para Pleco
Scientific Name: Peckoltia sabaji
Other Names: L075 Pleco
The Para Pleco, designated in the L-number system as L075, is a species of the Peckoltia genus known for its distinctive appearance. This pleco has a slender body with a unique color pattern that typically includes a dark base with lighter, often yellowish or orange, markings. The pattern can vary among individuals but usually features a mottled or banded appearance.
Habitat and Distribution:
Peckoltia sabaji is native to the Amazon River Basin in South America, specifically found in the Pará region of Brazil. It inhabits freshwater environments, particularly areas with a moderate current and plenty of hiding places, such as submerged wood and rocky crevices.
Size and Lifespan:
In captivity, the Para Pleco typically reaches a length of about 4-5 inches. With proper care, they can live for several years, often around 5-10 years.
Diet and Behavior:
This species is omnivorous, feeding on a variety of foods. In the wild, their diet consists of algae, biofilm, small invertebrates, and detritus. In an aquarium, they should be offered a balanced diet that includes high-quality sinking pellets or wafers, fresh vegetables (like zucchini and cucumber), and occasional protein sources such as frozen or live brine shrimp and bloodworms. They are generally nocturnal and can be somewhat shy.
Breeding and Reproduction:
Breeding the Para Pleco in captivity can be challenging. They are cave spawners, with the male guarding the eggs and fry in a secure cave or crevice.
Aquarium Care and Tank Requirements:
A minimum tank size of 50 gallons is recommended for the Para Pleco. The aquarium should include plenty of hiding spots, such as caves, driftwood, and plants. A moderate current and well-oxygenated water are important, along with regular water changes to maintain cleanliness.
Ideal Tank Mates:
The Para Pleco is relatively peaceful and can be kept with a variety of fish species, including other small to medium-sized peaceful fish. However, due to their somewhat territorial nature, care should be taken when housing them with other bottom-dwelling species.
Intermediate. While they are not overly aggressive, their need for a varied diet, hiding places, and clean water make them more suitable for aquarists with some experience.
- Temperature: 76-82°F (24-28°C)
- pH: 6.5-7.5
- General Hardness (GH): 5-15 dGH
- Carbonate Hardness (KH): 3-8 dKH
- Ammonia: 0 ppm
- Nitrite: 0 ppm
- Nitrate: <20 ppm
- The Para Pleco's small size and unique coloration make it a popular choice for tropical freshwater aquarists.
- They may require time to adjust to new environments and can be sensitive to fluctuations in water parameters.
- Providing a varied diet and ensuring a stress-free environment are key to maintaining their health and wellbeing.
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