Golden Vampire Pleco (Leporacanthicus heterodon)


A colorful and uniquely patterned member of the genus Leporicanthicus, the Golden Vampire Pleco is found in the warm, clear, fast-moving waters of Brazil’s Rio Xingu where it inhabits rocky shallow and even rapids. 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. Like most plecos from this region, 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 is generally less aggressive than others in its genus and grows to a more manageable adult size (about 6″), but like most of its close relatives it should be provided a protein rich diet.



Golden Vampire Pleco (Leporacanthicus heterodon)

Origin: Wild Brazil
Locale:  Middle Rio Xingu near Altamira
Diet: Biofilm, insect larvae, crustaceans. In the aquarium will accept most sinking, protein rich foods
Adult Size: 6″
Recommended Tank Size: 50 gallons
Compatibility: Generally peaceful, but can be territorial toward other plecos

Preferred Water Parameters
pH:                          6.0 – 7.4
Temp:                     79 – 86F
Ammonia:              0ppm
Nitrite:                    0ppm
Nitrate:                  <30ppm