Aquarium Fish

Thomasi Plecostomus

posted: 05/15/12
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Thomasi Plecostomus
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The Thomasi Plecostomus comes from the rivers and tributaries of South America. It is light brown to gold with the scales being outlined in a darker brown to gray, giving this fish a heavily-armored look. The Thomasi 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 Thomasi Plecostomus. A recommended minimum tank of 75 gallons should be provided to house this fish.

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

Feeding the Thomasi 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: Thomasi Plecostomus (Chaestostoma thomasi)

Family: Loricariidae

Range: South America

Size: Up to 6 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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