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Gold Banded Peckoltia Plecostomus

posted: 05/15/12
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Gold Banded Peckoltia Plecostomus
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The Gold Banded Peckoltia Plecostomus comes from the rivers and tributaries of South America. It is dark brown with yellow stripes covering the entire body and fins. The Gold Banded Peckoltia Plecostomus makes a good addition to any community aquarium.

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

The breeding habits and the difference between sexes of the Gold Banded Peckoltia Plecostomus are unknown.

Feeding the Gold Banded Peckoltia Plecostomus is not difficult since it is not a finicky 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.

Ideal tank mates include: Angelfish, Discus, African Cichlids, South American Cichlids, Tetras, Barbs, Danios, Rasboras, Gouramis, Rainbowfish, Guppies, Platies, Mollies, Swordtails, Loaches, Plecos and Scavenger Catfish.

Fish Facts

Name: Gold Banded Peckoltia Plecostomus (Peckoltia sp.)

Family: Loricariidae

Range: South America

Size: Up to 4 inches

Diet: Omnivore

Tank Set-up: Freshwater: Plants, rocks, driftwood

Tank Conditions: 72-76°F; pH 6.5-7.5; dH 8-12

Minimum Tank Capacity: 30 gallons

Light: Low

Temperament: Peaceful

Swimming Level: Bottom

Care Level: Easy

Reproduction: Egg Layer

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