Blue Eyed Pleco (Panaque cochliodon)


Long considered a “holy grail” fish in the aquarium hobby, the Blue Eyed Pleco or Blue Eye Panaque remains a showy and impressive fish despite becoming more readily available in recent years. Like many Panaque species, it is found in fast moving waters – specifically, the Rio Magdalena in Colombia, which was once essentially inaccessible due to guerrilla and paramilitary presence in the region, which has since declined. In the aquarium, Blue Eyed Plecos are generally hardy, although they will do best if provided with moderate to 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.


Blue Eyed Pleco (Panaque cochliodon)

Origin: Wild Colombia
Locale: Upper Rio Magdalena
Diet: Driftwood, algae, biofilm, sinking prepared & gel feeds
Adult Size: 24″
Recommended Tank Size: 180 gallons
Compatibility: Peaceful, can be aggressive toward conspecifics

Preferred Water Parameters
pH:                          6.4 – 7.4
Temp:                     75-80F
Ammonia:              0ppm
Nitrite:                    0ppm
Nitrate:                  <30ppm

Shipping Note: Due to size, the need for extra packing, and space requirements, larger sizes may not be eligible for our flat rate shipping. We strongly recommend shipping large fish via air cargo when possible. Please contact us for a quote or for additional shipping info.