From Microcosm Aquarium Explorer
Exotic, full of character and collected in the Amazonian wilds, this is one of many appealing Panaque species, a handsome striped fish that appears in various shades of green and brown. It grows too large and is too competitive for food to be kept in small, peaceful community tanks, but is an excellent choice for a larger tank with South American cichlids and characins.
Like many of the Plecostomus-type armored catfishes Loricariidae, it grows too large and is too competitive for food to be kept in small, peaceful community tanks, but is an excellent choice for a larger tank with South American cichlids and characins.
Other common name(s):
- Royal Pleco
Habitat: Jungle streams and river shorelines. A planted aquarium with sunken driftwood is an appropriate setting for these South American catfish.
Maximum length: 43 cm (17 in)
Minimum aquarium size: 209 L (55 gal)
Water: Freshwater 22 °C (72 °F) - 26 °C (79 °F)
General swimming level: Bottom and on substrate.
Omnivore that feeds heavily on vegetable matter. Offer sinking herbivore rations along with meaty foods.
Usually peaceful, but may scrap with other Loricariad catfishes. As it gets bigger, it will compete aggressively for food items. Smaller bottom dwellers may suffer the consequences.