Pleco catfish - Hypostomus borellii
Scientific name: Hypostomus borellii
Common name: Pleco catfish
Usual size in fish tanks: 15 - 16 cm (5.91 - 6.3 inch)
Recommended pH range for the species: 6.5 - 7.1
Recommended water hardness (dGH): 4 - 19°N (71.43 - 339.29ppm)
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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
Provide Pleco catfish with an algal based diet using algae wafers or algal based flake. It is best to feed these fish in the early evening as this is when they are most active. Supplement their diet with spinach, zucchini, and shelled peas.
South America; Pleco catfish are found in the waterways of Bolivia.
There are no visible differences between the sexes.
As of yet there are no reported cases of these fish spawning in the aquarium. It is believed that in the wild they are egg scatterers and the eggs are scattered amongst the foliage.
The expected life span for Hypostomus borellii is 10+years.
Use subdued lighting with these fish and provide plenty of hiding places in the tank by adding lengths of pvc piping or large caves. Hypostomus borellii are most active after lights out but they do make a good addition to a larger community tank.
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