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Peckoltia compta - Leopard Frog PlecoMagyarul / Hungarian
Peckoltia compta - Leopard Frog PlecoPeckoltia compta - Leopard Frog PlecoPeckoltia compta - Leopard Frog PlecoPeckoltia compta - Leopard Frog PlecoPeckoltia compta - Leopard Frog Pleco
  • Scientific name: Peckoltia compta
  • Synonyms: L-134 catfish
  • Common name: Leopard Frog Pleco
  • Group: Catfishes
  • Habitat: South America; Brazil, the rio Tapajós and the rio Jamanxim rivers.
  • Size: 11 cm
  • Biotope: Inhabits the moderate to fast flowing clear waters, over a rocky bottom. The fish often found in still water usually among the rocks.
  • Social behavior: Peaceful, but a little territorial catfish. Can be kept in a community tank with most of the fish that share a similar preference for warm and softer acidic water.
  • Diet: Omnivorous with a tendency towards meaty foods. Not an effective algae eater.
  • Breeding: Hard
  • Tank: Minimum 120 litres
  • Population: 3-4 fish for 150 litres
  • Decoration: It should be kept in a typical South American biotope aquarium with rocks, roots, driftwood. Live plants are not necessary, but are appreciated, and they do not harm the plants. Does best if there is a moderate current.
  • Temperature: 24-28 °C
  • pH: 5-7.4
  • Hardness: 1-16 NK°
  • Lifespan: 5-8 years

Description: Although very variable in terms of patterning, this beautiful species is quite easy to identify. Leopard Frog Pleco has a bold color pattern consisting of large dark transversal bars on body and thick longitudinal dark stripes on snout and head. Younger fish have more background yellow color and older fish are darker with more stripes. Also the lines may break apart and spots can form into the pattern. New fish in stress coloring are a little drab, but when settle down, the contrast between the light and dark bands are striking.

Males develop small teeth-like odontodes on the leading pectoral fin rays and the back half of their body. Females remain unadorned and have a wider girth across the body most evident when viewed from above. Leopard Frog Pleco is a cave spawner. Provide a lot of rockwork or upturned clay flower pots for them to breed in. Lowering the hardness of the water and a drop in temperature usually encourages spawning, as this is a season change signal in the wild when the rainy season comes. Female will enter a male's cave and stay there for a couple of days and during this time the spawning occurs. Male takes care of the eggs and fan them with its fins. Eggs hatch in 5-7 days and are become free swimming after another 3-5 days. The fry can be fed with small sized dried foods. Frequent partial water changes help to maintain water parameters.

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