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Apr 8, 2009
All assigned numbers: L340, LDA19


Common Names: Mega clown pleco

Location: Colombia: Meta, Rio Tomo



A fairly peaceful plec unless restricted by space or hiding spots.

Sexing and Breeding:
Mature males have more odontode grwoth on the body, pectoral fin spine and behind gill covers, they also have a broader head.
Because of its fairly small maximum size, a relatively small tank is sufficient for a (breeding) group: a tank width a surface area of 80x40cm. (32x16") is enough to house a (breeding) group of 5-6 individuals: the division of sexes is ideal with one male for every 2-3 females. To get these fish to breed, you need a heavily oxygenated tank with a number of spawning caves, a powerhead that runs water along the cave entrances, and a temperature that is raised to 82-86 degrees Fahrenheit (28-30 degrees Celsius).

An Omnivore that leans towards a meatier diet, sothe main diet should consist of meaty foods: frozen foods (tubifex, mosquito larvae, blood worms, artemia), dry foods (freeze-dried foods, flakes, granules), carnivore sinking pellets, and occasionally some small pieces of shrimp, mussels or fish fillet are usually readily accepted. Once acclimatized, it will often also accept vegetable matter such as algae/spirulina disks and fresh vegetables (lettuce, zucchini/courgette, eggplant/aubergine, capsicum, carrot, peas, preboiled spinach).
This species usually does not eat algae (it lacks suitable teeth for that task), so it's not a suitable fish to keep your tank free of algae.

Water parameters:
25-29c PH 5.5-7.5
This small catfish-species prefers a dimly lit tank with a good number of hiding places, either created with plants, drift wood, rocks or artificial (pleco spawning) caves. To keep more than one specimen in the same tank, or together with other bottom dwelling fish, you need at least a 40x16" (100x40cm.) tank: this fish can be quite territorial, and when suitable hiding places are lacking, it can be aggressive towards other bottom dwellers. When kept as only catfish in an aquarium, a tank size of 32x14" (80x35cm.) is sufficient, but it is recommended to keep this species in a group in a species tank.
The Pleco does best in warm, soft, slightly acidic to neutral water (pH 6.0-7,0), oxygen-rich water and a lot of currents. A powerful filter system is recommended, as this fish produces a lot of waste.

Max Size: 8-10cm.

Bred by: thegeeman

Breeding Log:
See post below. For all questions and comments please use the original thread hereL340 Log

Additional Comments:


Apr 21, 2009
In the house of gee
These are more of an unexpected spawning as I have left them alone to grow to a point that I can sex them. I have 12 varying in size from 2"-3" TL, 5 from windy and 7 from graham26.

These are the first hypan of have bred that the male has had 2 spawns at the same time. The second spawn was some 2 days later but vanished after one night.

Set up

Standard 3ft Hypan tank set up of slate, Bogwood and and 4 slate caves.


Eheim external 750lph with difuser and UGF.


Standard Pea gravel


Temp 82-84
PH 6.8
TDS 120
Nitrate 20

The Tank

Pic of the male

View of the male from above showing the thickness of the head



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