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L027c Thunder Line / Gold Line Royal Pleco (Panaque armbrusteri)

$74.99$349.99

L027c Thunder Line / Gold Line Royal Pleco (Panaque armbrusteri)

One of the most vibrantly colored variants of Royal Pleco, the Thunder Line or Gold Line originates from the rocky, fast-moving waters of the middle and upper Tapajos river in Brazil. Like all species of Panaque, they have specialized teeth and are adapted to eat and even digest wood, although they will also feed on submerged vegetation. Conditions in the aquarium should be as close to their wild habitat as possible, with fast current, warm temperatures, and excellent water quality. Due to their specialized diet, we recommend providing driftwood for grazing and feeding a specialty diet like Repashy Morning Wood.

L330 Watermelon Royal Pleco (Panaque nigrolineatus laurafabianae)

$34.99$214.99

One of the most distinctively patterned of all the Royal Plecos, the L330 Watermelon or Spotted Royal is a large growing and impressive Loricariid found in parts of the Caqueta basin in Colombia. Like all of their relatives in the genus Panaque, they have specialized teeth that they use to graze on driftwood. In the aquarium, they should be provided with plenty of driftwood and specialized foods for wood eaters like Repashy’s xylivore gel diet or Sera’s catfish chips. As a large growing and messy fish, they require a large aquarium and frequent water changes to ensure optimal water quality.

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Blue Eyed Pleco (Panaque cochliodon)

$259.99$389.99

Among the rarest (and largest) pleco species in the aquarium hobby, the Blue Eye Pleco or Blue Eye Panaque is an incredible show fish for hobbyist with the very largest of aquariums. Like many Panaque species, it is found in fast moving waters – specifically, the Rio Magdalena in Colombia. In the aquarium, Blue Eye Plecos are generally hardy, although they will do best if given strong current and plenty of driftwood to both hide among and graze on. All Panaque species are wood eaters, and we recommend using a specialty diet like Repashy’s Morning Wood to ensure proper nutrition.

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L025 Scarlet Cactus Pleco (Pseudacanthicus pirarara)

$99.99$179.99

A beautifully colored and heavily armored pleco, the Scarlet Cactus or L025 is one of the most sought after species in its genus. Found in the fast-flowing rocky waters of Brazil’s Rio Xingu, they are almost prehistoric in appearance, with prominent spines along the pectoral, dorsal, and caudal fins. Growing to almost 18″ as adults, they require a large aquarium with excellent water quality and are recommended for experienced hobbyists.

L014 Goldie Pleco (Scobinancistrus aureatus)

$74.99$239.99

Easily one of the most vibrantly colored of all large growing plecos, the L014 Goldie or Sunshine Pleco originates in the clear, warm waters of Brazil’s Rio Xingu. A stunning showpiece of a fish, especially as an adult, the Goldie Pleco is peaceful and will thrive in most community aquariums as long as they are given sufficient space. In nature, they are a scavenger, but will typically do best when provided protein rich foods like frozen bloodworms, shrimp, or sinking carnivore diets. Goldie Plecos require excellent water quality and will do best with regular large water changes and warm, well-oxygenated water in the aquarium.

L253 Black Royal Goldie Pleco (Scobinancistrus sp. L253)

$129.99$239.99

A rarely seen and stunningly marked variant of the more well known Goldie Pleco, the L253 Black Royal Goldie is found in the Rio Iriri, a tributary of the Xingu in Brazil. Like its cousin the L014 Goldie Pleco, this species is peaceful and will thrive in most community aquariums as long as they are given sufficient space. In nature, they are a scavenger, but will typically do best when provided protein rich foods like frozen bloodworms, shrimp, or sinking carnivore diets. They require excellent water quality and will do best with regular large water changes and warm, well-oxygenated water in the aquarium.

L081 Fine Spot Gold Nugget Pleco (Baryancistrus xanthellus)

$39.99$89.99

The L081 is a color variation of the popular Gold Nugget Pleco distinguished by having many fine yellow spots along the body (compared to L018 and L177, both of which have large spots). Like its close relatives, it is found in rocky shallow areas in warm, well-oxygenated water. In the aquarium, it should be provided with plenty of cover and regular feedings of protein rich feeds such as Repashy gel diet or other prepared feeds. They will do best at high temperatures (82 – 86F), lots of water movement and a variety of rocks and caves in which to establish territories. This species can be a challenge to maintain long term and is best suited for experienced hobbyists who can ensure optimal water quality similar to what they would find in nature and a varied diet.

L018 Big Spot Gold Nugget Pleco (Baryancistrus xanthellus)

$34.99$54.99

The L018 is the most well known of the popular Gold Nugget Plecos, distinguished by its large distinct gold spots. Like its close relatives, it is found in rocky shallow areas in warm, well-oxygenated water. In the aquarium, it should be provided with plenty of cover and regular feedings of protein rich feeds such as Repashy gel diet or other prepared feeds. They will do best at high temperatures (82 – 86F), lots of water movement and a variety of rocks and caves in which to establish territories. This species can be a challenge to maintain long term and is best suited for experienced hobbyists who can ensure optimal water quality similar to what they would find in nature and a varied diet.

L024 Redfin Cactus Pleco (Pseudacanthicus pitanga)

$89.99$399.99

The L024 or Redfin Cactus Pleco is a colorful and sought after species of heavily armored pleco originating in the Rio Tocantins in Brazil. Like most members of its genus, it is largely a carnivore and prefers protein rich foods. In the aquarium, the Redfin Cactus Pleco should be offered ample cover and care should be taken with other bottom dwelling species as they can be territorial. With their large adult size and space requirements, Redfin Cactus Plecos are recommended for experienced hobbyists with large aquariums and heavy filtration.

L066 King Tiger Pleco (Hypancistrus sp. L066)

$49.99$79.99

One of several strikingly marked black and white species of Hypancistrus from the Rio Xingu in Brazil, the L066 King Tiger Pleco inhabits rocky areas of warm, fast-moving water. In the aquarium, they need excellent water quality and do best when provided lots of cover in the form of caves or driftwood. A carnivore, they should be fed protein rich foods like frozen bloodworms, carnivore pellets, or gel diets. The L066 can be distinguished from the similar L333 by its white (as opposed to off-white) base coloration. Like most plecos from the region, they will do best at warmer temperatures (80-85F) and plenty of current.

Hifin Green Phantom Pleco (Baryancistrus demantoides)

$39.99$64.99

The Hifin Green Phantom Pleco – like the very similar common Green Phantom Pleco – originates in fast-moving, rocky areas of the Orinoco and Ventuari Rivers in Colombia and Venezuela. With their light green body coloration and distinctive yellow spots, this pleco makes a colorful and unique addition to most medium aquariums. As the name suggests, this species can be distinguished by an even more prominent dorsal fin than the common Green Phantom, as well as the fact that this species’ dorsal fin and adipose fin are fused. An omnivore, they will graze on algae but also accept a variety of sinking prepared foods – preferably a protein rich diet. Green Phantoms are sensitive to poor water quality so be sure to perform frequent water changes.

L177 Goldseam Gold Nugget Pleco (Baryancistrus xanthellus)

$39.99$54.99

The most vibrant form of all the Gold Nugget Plecos, and one of the most brightly colored of all plecos, the L177 Goldseam Gold Nugget has been a popular aquarium fish for many years. Found in the rocky, warm, and fast-flowing Xingu and Iriri rivers in Brazil, these fish require somewhat specialized conditions to thrive in the aquarium and may not be the best choice for the average community tank. They will do best in warmer (80F ), well-oxygenated water with moderate to strong current, and can be shy if kept individually – keeping multiple fish together along with ample hiding places is best. Although they will eat vegetables and algae-based foods, they also readily accept frozen bloodworms and carnivore diets.

L034 Medusa Pleco (Ancistrus ranunculus)

$44.99$64.99

A unique, oddly-shaped Loricariid, the L034 Medusa Pleco is distinguished by its flattened body and prominent fleshy tentacles surrounding the nose which gives them their common name. This pleco is found in the clear, fast-moving waters of the Xingu in Brazil where it inhabits rocky shallows. In the aquarium, they prefer clean, well-oxygenated water and ample hiding places in the form of rocks, driftwood, or caves. Although both males and females have extensive bristles on the nose, mature males are easy to distinguish as the bristles grow to a huge size. An omnivore by nature, they will readily accept veggies, sinking prepared foods like Fluval Bug Bites Pleco formula, or Repashy Gel Diet.

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“New Ranger” Pleco (Pterygoplichthys sp. “new ranger”)

$12.99 $9.99

One of the smallest species of pleco known, the “new ranger” is an as-yet undescribed species originating from the Nanay River in Peru. They are an excellent algae eater, feeding on many species of nuisance algae in the aquarium (including diatoms). Although small for a pleco, they are still substantial fish and should be given ample space and cover in the aquarium. Supplement their diet regularly with algae-based sinking foods, gel foods, and fresh vegetables.

Royal Farlowella (Sturisomatichthys aureus)

$34.99$36.99

A unique, stick-shaped Loricariid found throughout the Pacific coastal drainages of Panama, Colombia, and Ecuador, the Royal Farlowella can be found in a variety of habitats including fast-flowing streams and slow blackwater creeks. They are often found heavily camouflaged on or near stands of driftwood and in the aquarium should be given plenty of cover as well as open areas of substrate. A grazer and omnivore, they will do best when offered a varied diet of herbivore and carnivore diets such as Repashy gel diet, Fluval Bug Bites pellets, frozen foods and fresh vegetables.

Super Red Bristlenose Pleco (Ancistrus sp.)

$24.99$69.99

Of all the selectively bred morphs of the Common Bristlenose or Bushynose Pleco (Ancistrus sp.) available in the hobby, the “super red” form is probably the most colorful and sought after. Developed over time from naturally occurring color variants, this fish sports a uniform, vibrant red-orange coloration. As with all Common Bristlenose Plecos, these fish are ideal aquarium inhabitants, grazing on diatom algae while still being safe with live plants and peaceful towards all tankmates.

Rio Tigre Zebra Oto (Otocinclus cocama)

$14.99

A beautifully and distinctively marked relative of the common Otocinclus, the Rio Tigre Zebra Oto inhabits Peru’s Rio Tigre, where it spends most of its time grazing on submerged driftwood and vegetation. An ideal algae eater for most community or planted aquariums, they will eat filamened algae and diatoms from most surfaces, including the aquarium glass. Like most of their close relatives, they are best kept in groups.

Orange Zebra Oto (Hypoptopoma sp. ‘Peru Orange’)

$14.99

A beautifully and distinctively marked relative of the common Otocinclus, the Rio Orange Zebra Oto inhabits Peru’s upper Rio Nanay, where it spends most of its time grazing on submerged driftwood and vegetation. An ideal algae eater for most community or planted aquariums, they will eat filamented algae and diatoms from most surfaces, including the aquarium glass. Like most of their close relatives, they are best kept in groups.

Amazon Otocinclus (Otocinclus cf. macrospilus) – Group of 5

$14.99

One of the most popular aquarium algae eaters (and for good reason), the Oto Cat or Otocinclus is a small, schooling suckermouth catfish found throughout much of South America. There are several species commonly imported for the aquarium trade, but of these the larger, more robust species found in the Colombian Amazon (O. cf. macrospilus) is probably the hardiest and best choice for most aquariums. Safe for all planted tanks and compatible with any peaceful tankmates, the Amazon Oto will feed readily on diatom and other forms of nuisance algae in the aquarium but should be supplemented regularly with sinking veggie-based foods, gel diet, and fresh vegetables like zucchini or romaine lettuce.

L027a Xingu ‘Platinum’ Royal Pleco (Panaque cf. armbrusteri ‘Xingu’)

$59.99$199.99

A distinctive variant of Royal Pleco hailing from Brazil’s Rio Xingu, the Platinum or Long Nose Royal Pleco inhabits rocky, clear, fast-moving water throughout its native range. They are characterized by a more elongated body than other Royal Plecos and a base coloration of whitish silver (as opposed to brown or green) which becomes more pronounced as they grow. Like all Royal Plecos they are wood eaters by nature, and should be offered plenty of driftwood in the aquarium. Specialized diets like Repashy’s xylivore formula gel premix are ideal for this species.

L333 Yellow King Tiger Pleco (Hypancistrus sp. L333)

$59.99$69.99

One of several strikingly marked black and white Hypancistrusspecies from the Rio Xingu in Brazil, the L333 or Yellow King Tiger Pleco inhabits rocky areas of warm, fast-moving water. In the aquarium, they need excellent water quality and do best when provided lots of cover in the form of caves or driftwood. A carnivore, they should be fed protein rich foods like frozen bloodworms, carnivore pellets, or gel diets. Like most plecos from this region, they will do best at higher temperatures (80-85F) and plenty of water movement.

L031 Peppermint Pleco (Parancistrus nudiventris)

$44.99$49.99

An attractive, medium-sized pleco found in the warm, fast-moving waters of Brazil’s Rio Xingu, the Peppermint Pleco or L031 is popular in the aquarium hobby due to its distinctive white spotted pattern and unique body shape. In nature, the species is largely herbivorous, feeding on algae mats, terrestrial and aquatic plants, and biofilms, but as with most herbivorous plecos they take in plenty of insect larvae, crustaceans, and other protein sources. In the aquarium, they are best kept in conditions similar to their wild habitat, with warm, well-oxygenated water with plenty of current and cover in the form of rocks and caves. A varied diet including plenty of vegetable matter will ensure this species thrives long-term.

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L330 Fully Spotted Watermelon Royal Pleco (Panaque nigrolineatus laurafabianae)

$59.99$214.99

One of the most beautifully marked of all Royal Plecos, the L330 “Watermelon” Pleco is found throughout the soft, acidic waters of the middle and upper Orinoco and its tributaries in Colombia and Venezuela. Like all Panaque species, it is a specialized wood eater and requires driftwood in its diet. They should also be offered a variety of other foods, including fresh veggies and specialty diets like Repashy’s xylivore formula gel diet. The L330’s pattern varies significantly, from fully spotted to primarily striped, with the fully spotted variant being the most sought after.

L204 Flash / Emperor Pleco (Panaqolus albivermis)

$24.99$49.99

A beautiful pleco found in the Ucayali and Maranon river drainages in Peru, the Flash or Emperor is a relatively small species with a maximum adult size of 5″. Hardy and undemanding, the L204 is not an algae eater by nature but more than makes up for it with their striking striped pattern and distinctive lyretail.  They should be fed a varied diet high in protein.