As "Plecos" go, many of the more popular species are large fishes, requiring correspondingly large aquariums. The "Candystripe Pleco", on the other hand, attains a much smaller maximum size (around 4"), and is well-suited for more modest-sized aquariums. Ours come from the Rio Xingu, and are carefully collected, acclimated, and feeding before Mike Tuccinardi selects yours for shipment!
Like many other Plecos, the "Candystripe Pleco" should be provided with modest water movement and a lot of hiding places. It tends to be solitary and a bit reclusive by day, emerging at night to forage It's color pattern serves to camouflage it, and lots of wood works really well with this fish. With their relatively easygoing personality, these are well-suited for a properly-aquascaped community aquarium of peaceful fishes.
In a sufficiently-sized aquarium, more than one specimen may be kept- especially with sufficient amounts of wood and other hardscape materials. More subdued lighting is better for the overall activity and well-being of this fish. The fish is not excessively fussy with regards to water chemistry, favoring slightly acidic to neutral ( 6.0-7.0) pH and moderately soft water. It fares well at water temperatures ranging from 73-82 degrees Fahrenheit. Although it produces significantly less metabolic waste than the larger "Plecos", overall good husbandry, including regular water exchanges and careful feeding, is essential for keeping this species healthy.
This fish spends a lot of time "grazing" upon wood and the biocover that accumulates on it. In captivity, it will accept the usual frozen foods (like Brine Shrimp, Blood Worms, Daphnia, etc.), live foods like black worms, as well as pellet foods, etc. If provided with a varied diet and proper conditions, this is a very long-lived fish, capable of living 15 years or more in captivity.
All in all, one of the best "Pleco" choices for a moderately-sized aquarium!
SOURCE: Net collected Rio Xingu
CARE LEVEL: Intermediate
TEMPERAMENT: Peaceful and somewhat reclusive. Mature specimens can be territorial with other bottom dwellers
NATURAL DIET: Algal films, small invertebrates, wood
COMPATIBILITY: Peaceful with most fishes; can co-exist with others of its own kind with sufficient space and hardscape.
MAXIMUM SIZE: Approx. 4"
IDEALLY SUITED FOR: Clear water botanical habitats, but can also be kept in tannin-stained acidic to slightly alkaline environments. As with most "Plecos", stability is more important than hitting specific "target numbers" for this fish.
NOTE: This photo is for illustrative purposes only. You will be receiving a specimen which looks similar to the one shown in our photo, but should expect variations in color.
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