LDA64 Panaqolus/Panaque sp

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Apr 8, 2009
All assigned numbers: L306, LDA64

Name: Panaqolus sp

Location: Rio Takutu Guyana



Compatibility: The L306 is a fairly peaceful pleco but as with most other plecos can be territorial when space is limited. 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. When kept as only catfish in an aquarium, a tank size of 32x14" (80x35cm.) is sufficient.

Sexing and Breeding: Mature, breedable males have quite a lot of odontode growth on the body and pectoral fin ray. Males have a broader head region

Diet: This is a wood-eating catfish, like all species from the genus Panaque (including those known to some as Panaqolus) and Cochliodon. Therefore, a good supply of bog wood is necessary in the tank: not only does this fish extracts certain elements and nutrients from the organic layer which forms on the wood over time (also known as "Aufwuchs"), it actually eats the wood itself, possibly for digestive reasons. As wood does is not very rich in nutrients, it means the Tiger Panaque consumes vast amounts of it, and produces an almost equal amount of waste (because of which a very strong filtration system is an absolute necessity).
Besides wood, the diet can be supplemented with vegetable matter (cucumber, lettuce, egg plant/aubergine, zucchini/courgette, etc. as well as algae and catfish pellets) and meaty foods like shrimp and pieces of fish fillet.

Water parameters: Temp 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. Typical for South American catfish, this species does best in soft, slightly acidic to neutral water, good oxygenation and a good amount of currents. Panaqolus are not recommended for planted tanks as they may well eat the plants.

Max Size: 12-13cms

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