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Tiger Plecostomus L-002

posted: 05/15/12
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Tiger Plecostomus L-002
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The Tiger Plecostomus comes from the Amazon Basin of South America. It gets its name from the striped pattern it has on its body. The Tiger Plecostomus makes a good addition to any community aquarium.

Constant temperature and pH levels will help maintain this peaceful Plecostomus' health. Planted aquariums with high aeration and water movement provide a good environment. Rocks and driftwood help to accent a natural habitat and provide hiding spaces to reduce the stress for the Tiger Plecostomus. A 30-gallon tank or larger is recommended for this species.

Breeding in an aquarium setting has not been successful yet, however, different methods are being used in the industry. The Tiger Plecostomus is an egg-layer that tends to use plants and rocks as an anchor.

Feeding the Tiger 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: Tiger Plecostomus L-002 (Peckoltia vermiculata)

Family: Loricariidae

Range: South America

Size: Up to 6 inches

Diet: Omnivore

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

Tank Conditions: 72-79°F; pH 6.5-7.5; dH 8-12

Minimum Tank Capacity: 30 gallons

Light: Medium

Temperament: Peaceful

Swimming Level: Bottom

Care Level: Easy

Reproduction: Egg Layer

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