Sinclair Aquatic Systems
- Jan 10, 2006
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- United Kingdom, Scarborough
Common Name: Leopard Frog Pleco (L134)
Scentific Name: Peckoltia sp. (doesn't have one)
Origin: Pimental at the Rio TapajÃ³s, ParÃ¡, Brazil
Maximum size: 4.4" (10.6cm)
Care: This fish doesn't grow too big so doesn't need a considerable amount of tank space. A tank around 25 gallons would be a minimum with each fish needing about 12 inch squared for it's own terratory as L134's can get a little terratorial. They are generally peaceful though! Alot of decorations would be appreciated too.
They tend to prefer softer water but can aclimate to other water parameters as long as the change isn't too extreme, too fast. Ideally, the pH levels would be between 6 - 7.4. Also, water temperature is ideal at normal tropical water, 25-30 degrees celcius (77 - 86 degrees fahrenheit).
Feeding: This is an omnivorous plecostomus (not acctually plecostomus at all) so are not good algae eaters so people with tanks with algae problems, this fish isn't going to rid you of your algae bloom. L134s have a liking for meaty foods but do need vegetation in their diet. A zucchini wouldn't be ignored either. Wood is also appreciated.
Sexing and Breeding: Females tend to be wider, easily distinguished when the fish is viewed from above. Also, the males grow odontodes along the back half of the fish. These are small and teeth like... they are hard to miss.
This fish has been bred in captivity and is a cave spawner. Lowering the hardness of the water usually encourages spawning. A drop in temperature, signaling a season change, would also encourage this species to spawn.
Females will enter a male's cave and stay there for 3 days or more. This is the simple indication that they have spawned. The male guards the eggs for about a week before hatching. It takes about a week and a half for the fry to eat their yolk sacks, after, they can move on to other foods at reasonable size.
These pictures aren't too good but you can distinguish what the fish is