Para Pleco (Peckoltia sabaji)

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Para Pleco

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Para Pleco

Peckoltia sabaji

208 Litres (55 US G.)

22.9-25.4cm (9-10 ")




6.0 - 7.6

23.9-25.6°C (75 -78 °F)

2-20 °d

1:1 M:F

Pellet Foods
Flake Foods
Other (See article)

5-12 years



Additional names

L075, L124, L301, LDA002, Para Pleco

Additional scientific names

Ancistomus sabaji, Hemiancistrus sabaji


South America: Rupununi, Essequibo, and Takutu river drainages of Guyana, and from Río Casiquiare - Río Negro and the Río Cinaruco - Río Orinoco drainages of Venezuela.


A very difficult Pleco to sex, if not impossible! The normal odontodal growth in this fish is almost nonexistant, so standard ancistrine procedure cannot be applied to this species.

Tank compatibility[edit]

A very peaceful Pleco even when full grown and can cohabit with conspecifics and its own species. Keep with similar sized or smaller and equally peaceful tank mates such as shoaling Neon Tetras or Cardinal Tetras. Does seem to like the company of smaller shoaling fish.


A real omnivore, loves a bit of bloodworm and other meaty treats as well as veggies and sinking wafers. Must have meaty food in their diet to thrive however.

Feeding regime[edit]

Feed once or twice a day.

Environment specifics[edit]

Provide plenty of hiding places in rocks and bogwood for this fish to feel secure. This Pleco is unlikely to be found clinging to the glass and is more likely to be found settled in a rock cave or under some bogwood.


A peaceful and somewhat shy fish.


Typical Pleco in shape with an underslung suckermouth and forked caudal fin. The body is pale yellow to stronger yellow in colour on the fins with bold dark brown/black spots covering the body, head and fins. The spots are larger on the body and smaller on the head.


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