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Clown pleco - Panaque maccus

Clown pleco - Panaque maccus

Scientific name: Panaque maccus

Common name: Clown pleco

Family: Loricariidae

Usual size in fish tanks: 6 - 8 cm (2.36 - 3.15 inch)


Recommended pH range for the species: 6.6 - 7.8

Recommended water hardness (dGH): 4 - 18°N (71.43 - 321.43ppm)

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Recommended temperature: 24 - 28 °C (75.2 - 82.4°F)

The way how these fish reproduce: Spawning

Where the species comes from: Central America

Temperament to its own species: peaceful

Temperament toward other fish species: peaceful

Usual place in the tank: Bottom levels


The Clown Pleco is an herbivore that mostly eats algae and plant matter in the aquarium. They should also snack on a little bit of wood now and then to help with digestion.


Once mature, the males will develop jagged points on their back. The females become plumper in their belly area.


A pair can be conditioned on dried bloodworms with the temperature slightly raised. The female will find a cave to lay eggs in. The babies can be fed newly hatched brine shrimp and they should also have some algae and a little bit of wood for them to graze upon.


The Clown Pleco can live for 10-12 years.


The Clown Pleco originates in South American countries such as Columbia and Venezuela

Short Description

This is a very peaceful species that will tolerate most other fish. Compared to other species of plecos, this one stays pretty small. It only grows to about 4 or 5 inches. The Clown Pleco is no picky when it comes to water conditions but any changes in temperature or acidity should be done gradually.


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