Aquarium Fish

Sailfin Gibbiceps Plecostomus

posted: 05/15/12
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Sailfin Gibbiceps Plecostomus
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The Sailfin Gibbiceps Plecostomus comes from the rivers and tributaries of South America. The body has different shades of brown with a pattern of lighter markings covering the body. This species receives its name from its large dorsal fin. The Sailfin Gibbiceps 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 Sailfin Gibbiceps Plecostomus. A recommended minimum tank of 75 gallons should be provided to house this fish.

The Sailfin Gibbiceps Plecostomus spawns in tunnels dug out of the mud banks of various tributaries. A very large aquarium with a wall of mud is required for this species to spawn. Because of this requirement, it has not yet been done in an aquarium.

Feeding the Sailfin Gibbiceps 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: Sailfin Gibbiceps Plecostomus (Glyptoperichthys gibbiceps)

Family: Loricariidae

Range: South America

Size: Up to 16 inches

Diet: Omnivore

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

Tank Conditions: 74-79°F; pH 6.5-7.4; dH 6-10

Minimum Tank Capacity: 75 gallons

Light: Low

Temperament: Peaceful

Swimming Level: Bottom

Care Level: Easy

Reproduction: Egg Layer

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