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Pleco LDA38 - Hypostomus plecostomoides

Pleco LDA38 - Hypostomus plecostomoides

Scientific name: Hypostomus plecostomoides

Common name: Pleco LDA38

Family: Loricariidae

Usual size in fish tanks: 22 - 26 cm (8.66 - 10.24 inch)


Recommended pH range for the species: 6.3 - 7.5

Recommended water hardness (dGH): 6 - 17°N (107.14 - 303.57ppm)

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Recommended temperature: 22 - 26 °C (71.6 - 78.8°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

Pleco LDA38 will accept all foods and will also graze on algae present in the tank. Use quality flakes or pellets and if needed algae wafers. They will also gnaw on bogwood to aid their digestion. Supply them with vegetable matter throughout the week.


Central and South America; Pleco LDA38 are found in Colombia and Venezuela.


When the females are carrying eggs, they will have a broader body shape than the males when viewed from above.


In the wild, they will spawn in the river banks but there are no reported cases of these breeding in the aquarium.


The expected life span for Hypostomus plecostomoides is 10+ years.

Short description

It is often forgotten how large these fish can grow when they are first purchased, always keep these in a large tank. Add bogwood for hiding places and they require a strong water current flowing through. The addition of oxygen will benefit these fish.


Bought by from LDA38, picture 1 Pleco LDA38, picture 2 Pleco LDA38, picture 3

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