Flash Pleco (Panaqolus albivermis)

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Flash Pleco

Flash Pleco

Panaqolus albivermis

57 Litres (15 US G.)

10.2-12.7cm (4-5 ")




6.5 - 8.4

26 -30 °C (78.8-86°F)

3-15 °d

1:1 M:F

Pellet Foods
Flake Foods
Other (See article)

8-12 years



Additional names

Flash Pleco, L204

Additional scientific names

Panaque sp "L204"

Origin[edit | edit source]

South America: Peru, Rio Alejandro.

Sexing[edit | edit source]

Can't be sexed easily when juvenile, but when it begins to mature males develop odontodes on their backs. Females are much more rounded and stockier than more slender males.

Tank compatibility[edit | edit source]

A peaceful Pleco as long as you are not another Pleco. They are sociable as juveniles but will become territorial as they mature. Keep with similar-sized peaceful community fish.

Diet[edit | edit source]

Mainly vegetarian. In the aquarium it will eat many prepared vegetables/ algae wafers etc. Also requires wood in it's diet. Animal protein should only be given as a treat, not as a staple diet.

Feeding regime[edit | edit source]

Feed once or twice a day.

Environment specifics[edit | edit source]

Requires a spacious and well filtered tank combined with plenty of hiding places. Prefers a sand or fine gravel substrate (be careful with sand as it can get kicked up into the filter mechanism) with bogwood décor.

Behaviour[edit | edit source]

Mostly active at night with aquarium lights off.

Identification[edit | edit source]

An attractive Pleco, it has a brown body with an elongated caudal fin. The body has slender diagonal golden bands across it, as do the fins. This attractive colouration does fade as the fish ages.

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