Dwarf Plec / Peckoltia
Behaviour Peaceful algae eater
Typical size 10cm
Max size 15cm
Tank Area Bottom
Min Tank Size 60cm
Temp Min: 22℃ Max: 26℃
Feeding Algae based sinking foods, frozen foods, vegetable matter, sinking foods
pH Range 6-8.5
Hardness vs,s,m,h,vh
Clown Dwarf Plec
  • Clown Dwarf Plec - thumbnail
  • Clown Dwarf Plec - thumbnail
  • Clown Dwarf Plec - thumbnail

Dwarf Plec / Peckoltia

Peckoltia / Panaque sp.

Dwarf, or Clown, Plec's are excellent peaceful algae eating fish suited to smaller aquariums and a good alternative for the common plec which will outgrow most tanks. The Clown Plec is peaceful and highly adaptable, requiring only a few hiding spots beneath rocks or wood and plenty of algae or vegetable based foods. Although it is a nocturnal species, it will appear during the evening and sometimes during the day. Its foraging activities will provide an interesting subject for the fishkeeper. Delicate plants may be eaten but for the most part, the Clown Plec will not damage plants. There are several species of clown plecs, or peckoltias, and they are often misidentified. This profile covers the generic profile for all these types of fish.

Family Loricariidae (Armoured catfishes) | Synonyms Chaetostomus vittatus, Ancistrus vittatus, Hemiancistrus vittatus | Other names Dwarf Plec, Dwarf Peckoltia, Clown Peckoltia, Butterfly Plec | Origin South America; Amazon River basin | Natural Water Conditions pH 5-7, very soft to hard

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