Panaqolus/Panaque sp.`Iquitos`

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Common Names: Stars & Stripes

Location: Northern Peru

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Appearance:
Dark base colour with a variable pattern. Some have seeming white spots with a stripy tail hence the common name 'Stars and Stripes'

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Diet:
This is a wood-eating catfish, like all species from the genus Panaque (including those known 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 Panaqolus 'Iquitos' 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 25-29 PH 6-7.8

Max Size:
13cms

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