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Apr 8, 2009
All assigned numbers: L097

Common Names: Blizzard Cactus Pleco, also know as King Galaxy and Yellow Polka Dot Cactus

Location: Santarem, situated at Rio Tapajos, Para, Brasil


Appearance: Disputed, as some say similar or same as L282. Black or dark body with cream sized coloured spot markings.

Compatibility: A relatively peaceful species, however needs enough room to stake out a territory, which will however be defended fiercely if intruded by other fish. Already at an early age, can be quite aggressive towards it's own kind or similar looking plecos, especially if cramped for space and competing with other bottom dwellers.

Sexing and Breeding : Males are slimmer and have more odontodel growth on all fins, rays and pectorals. Females are more rounded. Has been breed before. The eggs are 5-6mm .Raising fry seems easier than other Pseudacanthicus.

Diet: This is a carnivorous plec. One glance at its mouth illustrates this well. Instead of the true sucker mouth, it has a mouth that is more suitable for grasping and holding food items. All this means that its diet should primarily be made up of meaty foods, such as shrimp, krill, mussels, blood worms, mosquito larvae and fish meats ( fillets). However once acclimatized would also accept pellet food and sometimes even fresh vegetables such as zuchinni, potatoe ,cucumber, etc

Water parameters: Temp 26-29C PH 5.5-6.5, dimmed lights and a good amount of hiding places. This fish requires a lot of personal space due to its aggressive territorial behaviour. Additional oxygen is prefered and a current through the tank. Due to high protein diet a good filtration system is needed.

Max Size: around 25cm ( 9.84")

Bred by: We presume not achieved by a PP member so far, as we have not received any reports. Overseas web sites do however state that they have been bred in captivity.

Additional Comments: Disputed if same as L282. The basic difference is place of origin from L282 and L97.

Photo : Approval for usage by Ingo Seidel - Back to Nature Handbook

Some info used from www.welsfans.de and www.l-welse.com

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