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Rio-Negro (L 135) Plecostomus
(Peckoltia sp. platyrhyncha)
Rio-Negro (L 135) Plecostomus
Please Note: Due to variations within species, your item may not look identical to the image provided. Approximate size range may also vary between individual specimen.
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Quick Stats

Care Level Easy
Temperament Peaceful
Color Form Black, Tan
Diet Omnivore
Water Conditions 74-79° F, KH 6-10, pH 6.5-7.4
Max. Size 4"
Origin South America
Family Loricariidae
Minimum Tank Size 30 gallons
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The Rio-Negro Plecostomus, also known as the Candy Stripe-Peckoltia, comes from the rivers and tributaries of South America. It is dark brown to black with irregular golden vertical stripes. The rays of the fins are also golden with black stripes. Rio-Negro Plecos make good additions to any community aquarium.

Planted aquariums with hearty, fast-growing plants, high aeration, and water movement make for a healthy environment. Rocks and driftwood help to accent a natural habitat and provide hiding spaces to reduce stress for the Candy Stripe Plecostomus. A recommended minimum tank of 30 gallons should be provided to house this fish.

The Rio-Negro Plecostomus has not been bred in an aquarium setting and little is known about their breeding habits.

Feeding the Rio-Negro Plecostomus is not difficult due to the fact that it is not a picky eater. Feeding off the bottom of the aquarium, it gets most of its nutrition from left over food and algae. If there is no algae or left over food present, supplement with high quality flake food, sinking carnivore pellets, freeze-dried bloodworms, and tubifex.

Approximate Purchase Size: 1-3/4" to 3"

Customer Testimonials

Daniel L Biddeford , ME
Very cool looking Pleco! Mine came in around 2 inches long and I have rarely seen him since. That was over three weeks ago. I see him at the edge of a hollow log sometimes close to when I turn off the lights but that's it. If he was out in the open more he would be a great conversation piece. Still a pretty cool fish to have considering they are nocturnal anyway.
Allison A Denton , TX
Nice color, this fish is great if you dont want just the typical black spotted pleco that everyone else has. Its body also isn't typically shaped like the common plecos you buy at Petco Personally I think its beautiful Apart from its shape and color it acts like a typical pleco. That of course is peaceful and shy. Note, it arrives very tiny. So you should plan on keeping it in a peaceful tank without large predators for a month or two
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