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Pterygoplichthys gibbiceps - Spotted sailfin plecoMagyarul / Hungarian
Pterygoplichthys gibbiceps - Spotted sailfin plecoPterygoplichthys gibbiceps - Spotted sailfin plecoPterygoplichthys gibbiceps - Spotted sailfin pleco
  • Scientific name: Pterygoplichthys gibbiceps
  • Synonyms: Ancistrus gibbiceps, Glyptoperichthys gibbiceps, Liposarcus altipinnis
  • Common name: Spotted sailfin pleco
  • Group: Catfishes
  • Habitat: South America; Peru, Brasil.
  • Size: 40 cm
  • Biotope: Calm, slow-moving rivers.
  • Social behavior: A peaceful fish that can be kept in a community tank with medium to large fish, including cichlids. Do not combine with small fish as they may be eaten. The Sailfin Pleco is very aggressive towards its own and similar looking species.
  • Diet: Algae, vegetables, spinach, lettuce, peas, live, crustaceans, prawns, worms, tablets.
  • Breeding: The Sailfin Pleco has not been bred in aquaria.
  • Tank: Minimum 500 litres
  • Population: 2 fishes for 500 litres
  • Decoration: Hiding places of caves, rocks, and roots should be provided. Leave open swimming areas.
  • Temperature: 25-30°C
  • pH: 6-7,8.
  • Hardness: 2,8-14NK°
  • Lifespan: 15-20 years

Description: It is covered everywhere but the belly with large bony plates. The head is large, broad, and flat. The mouth is located on the underside of the head and is shaped like a suction cup.   It has one pair of barbels. The color varies depending on the age, species, and environment the individual came from. Usually the body has a base color of light brown to black. The fish are usually spotted, with black spots. The fins are the same color as the rest of the body, but occasionally have a red to brown fringe on the edges. The dorsal fin stands tall when erect.

If fish does not relieve enough algae or "green foods," it will nibble plants. It reaches larger size in wild. An important food fish in its native countries. This catfish grows slowly and can be long-lived (over 15 years). There are many similar looking species that are confused with this fish. Nocturnal.

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