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Hypostomus luteus

Hypostomus luteus

Scientific name: Hypostomus luteus

Common name: N/A

Family: Loricariidae

Usual size in fish tanks: 31 - 32 cm (12.2 - 12.6 inch)


Recommended pH range for the species: 6.5 - 7.4

Recommended water hardness (dGH): 3 - 17°N (53.57 - 303.57ppm)

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Recommended temperature: 22 - 25 °C (71.6 - 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

Hypostomus luteus will enjoy treats if fresh vegetables being added to the tank in the form of cucumber, zucchini, shelled peas and spinach. Use sinking foods like pellets and algae wafers, treats of blood worms twice a week will be relished. Make sure that there are pieces of wood in the aquarium as they will gnaw at these, this is supposed to aid in their digestion.


South America; Hypostomus luteus are found in the River Basins of Uruguay.


There are no visible differences between the sexes.


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


The expected life span for Hypostomus luteus is 8 years.

Short description

Uses subdued lighting and add plenty of hiding places to the tank by using rock formations or wood. These can become territorial as they mature so if keeping more than one specimen, ensure that there is plenty of tank space for each fish.


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