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by Doodles 08-19-09

All assigned numbers: L253


Location: Brazil: Pará, Rio Iriri, Rio Xingú (São Felix do Xingú)

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Appearance: Black bodied with white/ off white spots. very similar in appearence to L048, but with slightly larger spotting.

Compatibility: Relatively peaceful towards all other fish for a large plec, however, care should be taken when housing several L253 together, ensuring there is plenty of space and decor for each fish to claim a territory

Sexing and Breeding: They are very hard to sex accurately until they reach maturity, males tend to be bigger than females and will have a more "hairy" or textured appearance. No breeding success has been reported with this pleco.

Diet: carnivorous, will accept most prepared foods. As with all carnivores, they should be offered a wide range of food, from commercial foods, to prawn, brine shrimp, mosquito larvae and shrimp.

Water parameters: Due to the size that they can attain, a large tank should be used to house them, they seem to be fairly hardy and thrive in most aquariums so long as the water is kept clean, PH levels within the ranges of 5.8 to 7.6 are fine, so long as the level is stable.
They should be kept at temperatures between 25c and 30c, and given plenty of water movement and oxygen.

Max Size: 12"

Bred by: Unreported

Additional Comments:

An attractive and generally peaceful pleco, great for larger community tanks
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