L031 Peppermint Pleco (Parancistrus nudiventris)


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.



L031 Peppermint Pleco (Parancistrus nudiventris)

Origin: Wild Brazil
Locale: Middle Rio Xingu near Altamira
Diet: Algae and biofilm. Should be provided a varied diet heavy in vegetable/algae matter
Adult Size: 7″
Recommended Tank Size: 30 gallons+
Compatibility: Peaceful towards almost all tankmates, may spar with one another or other plecos

Preferred Water Parameters
pH:                          6.5 – 7.5
Temp:                     78-85F
Ammonia:              0ppm
Nitrite:                    0ppm
Nitrate:                  <30ppm