Royal pleco - Panaque nigrolineatus
Scientific name: Panaque nigrolineatus
Common name: Royal pleco
Usual size in fish tanks: 40 - 47 cm (15.75 - 18.5 inch)
Recommended pH range for the species: 6.7 - 7.5
Recommended water hardness (dGH): 4 - 15°N (71.43 - 267.86ppm)
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Recommended temperature: 22 - 27 °C (71.6 - 80.6°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
Royal pleco needs a high vegetable diet. Use quality flake or pellets but add plenty of greens in the form of lettuce, spinach and they seem to love peas the most.
South America; Royal pleco’s are to be found in the waterways of Venezuela.
There are no visible differences between the sexes; it is possible to sex them when they are mature by turning them over and looking at their vents. The females genital papilla will be round and blunted, in the male it will be smaller and have a pointed shape.
There are no reported cases of this fish breeding in the aquarium.
The expected life span for Panaque nigrolineatus is 10 years.
Bog wood needs to be added to the tank, this not only provides their favoured hiding places, but they will gnaw at the wood to aid their digestion. Ensure that all of the tank décor is secure; when mature Panaque nigrolineatus will try to re-arrange things to its own suiting.
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