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Rhino Pleco (Pterygoplichthys scrophus)

Rhino Pleco (Pterygoplichthys scrophus)

The Rhino Pleco (Pterygoplichthys scrophus) also known to tropical fish keeping enthusiasts as the Alligator Pleco or Chocolate Pleco is found in the Marañon and Ucayali River basins at Nauta, Peru. Rhino Plecos can be identified by the number of rays they have in their dorsal fins.   Most plecos, like the larger Hypostomus species, have […]

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Red Devil Pleco (Pseudacanthicus pirarara)

Red Devil Pleco (Pseudacanthicus pirarara) L025

The Red Devil Pleco (Pseudacanthicus pirarara) is also known to tropical fish keeping enthusiasts as the Scarlet Cactus Pleco, Cactus Pleco, Scarlet Pleco, or their formal identification as L025.   It is a relatively new unnamed species that was discovered in the lower to middle Rio Xingu, Sao Felix, Senador José Porfírio, Pedral do Caitucá, the […]

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Imperial Tiger Plecostomus L134 (Peckoltia compta)

Imperial Tiger Plecostomus L134 (Peckoltia compta)

The Imperial Tiger Plecostomus L134 (Peckoltia compta) is also known to tropical fish keeping enthusiasts as the Leopard Frog Pleco, Leopard Pleco or Tiger Pleco. Imperial Tiger Plecos are found in moderate to fast flowing water over rocky bottoms, as well as the still, slower moving waters and tributaries of the Rio Tapajós (Pimental) and […]

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Three Beacon Plecostomus (Leporacanthicus triactis) L-91

Three Beacon Plecostomus (Leporacanthicus triactis) L-91

The Three Beacon Plecostomus (Leporacanthicus triactis) originates from South America, specifically the upper Orinoco River basin in Colombia and Venezuela.    It is also known to tropical fish keeping enthusiasts by the names 3 Beacon Pleco, Three Beacon Pleco, Redfin Blackspot, Tiger Fin Pleco, and Dragon Fin Pleco. The Three Beacon Plecostomus like all plecos, has […]

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Snowball Plecostomus (Baryancistrus sp.) LDA33

Snowball Plecostomus (Baryancistrus sp.) LDA33 and L-142

The Snowball Plecostomus (Baryancistrus sp.) LDA33 is another beautiful South American sucker catfish that is indigenous to Brazil’s – Pará, RioTapajós and Rio Xingu. The Snowball Plecostomus is also known by tropical fish keeping enthusiasts as the Snowball Pleco, Big White Spot, Big White Spot Pleco, White Spot Pleco, LDA33, and L142. Baryancistrus sp. have […]

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Peppermint Plecostomus (Parancistrus sp) L-30

Peppermint Plecostomus (Parancistrus sp) L-30

The Peppermint Plecostomus (Parancistrus sp) L-30 comes from Brazil and is one of the more beautiful plecos available to tropical fish keeping enthusiasts. The Peppermint Plecostomus is black with very small tiny white spots over its entire body, including their fins, but because of their resemblance to the Angelicus Plecostomus, they are occasionally misidentified by […]

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Zebra Plecostomus (Hypancistrus zebra

Zebra Plecostomus (Hypancistrus zebra) (L-46)

L46, L173, L236 Hypancistrus Juveniles Grow Out Tank   The Zebra Plecostomus (Hypancistrus zebra) a.k.a. Imperial Pleco, or Zebrawels is a species of armored catfish endemic to Brazil where it occurs in the Big Bend area of the Xingu River;  a tributary of the Amazon. Many tropical fish keeping enthusiasts regard the hard to find Zebra Plecostomus as […]

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Mango Plecostomus (Parancistrus sp. Magnum) a.k.a. Magnum Pleco

The Mango Plecostomus (Parancistrus sp. Magnum) comes from Brazil and is known from the Rio Xingu, in the area called Volta Grande do rio Xingu, immediately above Belo Monte falls and below Belo Monte village, and from rio Curuá, rio Iriri, the larger tributary of rio Xingu. The Mango Plecostomus is coveted by most tropical […]

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Gypsy King Tiger Pleco (L066) (Hypancistrus sp.) a.k.a. King Tiger Pleco

The Gypsy King Tiger Pleco (Hypancistrus sp.) also called the King Tiger Pleco comes from the lower Rio Xingu and Tocantins in Brazilian South America. The Gypsy King Tiger Pleco is a distinctive L number that is frequently confused by tropical fish keeping enthusiasts with other similarly patterned species (L333, L318, L399, L400 and L401). Young Gypsy […]

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Gold Royal Pleco (Panaque nigrolineatus) (L-027)

The Gold Royal Plecostomus, is also referred to as the Golden Line Royal Plecostromus, the Goldline Araguaia, or the Platinum Royal Pleco. All Panaque nigrolineatus and their related species, subspecies, and morphs are commonly identified by the name Royal Pleco (L190).   The Gold Royal Plecostomus (L027, L027c) is a large beautiful armored catfish found […]

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Gold Nugget Plecostomus (Baryancistrus sp.)

Gold Nugget Pleco (Baryancistrus sp.) a.k.a. Orange Seam Pleco

The Gold Nugget Plecostomus (Baryancistrus sp.)  is a nocturnal sucker mouth catfish native to the lower Amazon and Xingu Rivers of Brazil and Venezuela.   They have brown to black bodies with light to deep yellow spots all over. Matching light to deep yellow bands outline the dorsal and caudal fins giving the fish a strikingly […]

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Longfin Albino Bristlenose Pleco

Bushy Nose Plecostomus (Ancistrus sp.) aka Bristlenose Plecostomus

The Bushy Nose Plecostomus (Ancistrus sp.), is found in the rivers and floodplain areas of the Amazon River Basin and elsewhere in tropical South America.  Two species (A. centrolepis and A. chagresi) are found in Panama, and three species (A. cryptophthalmus, A. galani and A. formoso) are the only known loricariids that are true troglobites […]

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Rubber Plecostomus (Parancistrus aurantiacus)

Rubber Plecostomus (Parancistrus aurantiacus) aka Gold Finned Suckermouth

Rubber Plecostomus (Parancistrus aurantiacus) are also commonly known as Chubby Plecos, Rubber Plecos or Gold Finned Suckermouths. They are a relatively long lived (10 years or more), algae eating, South American suckermouth catfish that are popular with tropical fish keeping enthusiasts who keep them as “housekeepers” for community aquariums. The Rubber Plecostomus is found in […]

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Angelicus Plecostomus (Pseudoacanthicus angelicus)

Angelicus Plecostomus (Pseudoacanthicus angelicus)

The Angelicus Plecostomus (Pseudoacanthicus angelicus) is a new species or armored catfish found in the rivers and tributaries of South America. The Angelicus Plecostomus’ main body color is jet black with yellow spots covering the entire body including its long flowing caudal fin. Unlike other Plecos that look similar to this species and are sold […]

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Royal Pleco (Panaque nigrolineatus)

Royal Plecostomus (Panaque nigrolineatus)

The Royal Plecostomus (Panaque nigrolineatus), (L190) is also known as the Royal Panaque, the Broken Line Royal Pleco, or the Royal Black-lined Panaque. Royal Plecos are herbivorous freshwater armored catfish native to Brazil, Colombia and Venezuela where they occur in the Orinoco and Amazon river basins.  These suckermouth armored catfish belong to the Genus Panaque and […]

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Orinoco Zebra Pleco

Tropical Fish Keeping – Plecostomus

Plecostomus (Loricariids), commonly called Plecos, armored catfish or suckermouth catfish comprise several species of freshwater armored catfish belonging to the Loricariidae family. All of these species (well over 680) have hard bony plates that cover their upper bodies. They also have specially adapted sucker mouths which allow them to attach themselves to underwater substrates. Most plecos […]

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