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Blue eyed pleco - Panaque cochliodon

Blue eyed pleco - Panaque cochliodon

Scientific name: Panaque cochliodon

Common name: Blue eyed pleco

Family: Loricariidae

Usual size in fish tanks: 27 - 31 cm (10.63 - 12.2 inch)


Recommended pH range for the species: 6.5 - 7.6

Recommended water hardness (dGH): 5 - 17°N (89.29 - 303.57ppm)

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Recommended temperature: 21 - 25 °C (69.8 - 77°F)

The way how these fish reproduce: Spawning

Where the species comes from: South America

Temperament to its own species: peaceful

Temperament toward other fish species: peaceful

Usual place in the tank: Bottom levels

Food and feeding

Blue eyed pleco requires a high vegetable diet with some meaty foods. Provide it with sinking catfish pellets and algae wafers plus zucchini, cucumber and peas. For the meaty supplements, provide it with brine shrimp and blood worms.


South America; Blue eyed pleco is found in the waterways of Colombia.SexingThere are no visible differences between the sexes.


As of yet there are no reported cases of this fish breeding in the aquarium.


It is believed that Panaque cochliodon has a life span of 10 years.

Short description

It is best to keep one specimen of this species in the tank as they can be very quarrelsome with their own kind. Provide hiding places by adding artificial caves or rocks. The water needs to have a good current and be well oxygenated to keep this fish happy. One of the most important aspects of having Panaque cochliodon is to provide wood in the tank; this fish really does eat it.


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