L052 Atabapo Butterfly Pleco (Dekeyseria picta)


A beautifully patterned pleco found throughout the Atabapo and Orinoco Rivers in Colombia and Venezuela, the L052 Butterfly Pleco or Atabapo Butterfly Pleco inhabits warm, acidic blackwater areas in the wild. In the aquarium, they are hardy and adaptable, but will do best in relatively soft water and when given plenty of driftwood or other hides. They should be offered a varied diet including fresh veggies, sinking prepared foods, and gel diets like Repahy’s Soylent Green or Bottom Scratcher.


L052 Atabapo Butterfly Pleco (Dekeyseria picta)

Origin: Wild Colombia
Locale: Rio Atabapo
Diet: Omnivore and scavenger – should be fed a varied diet in the aquarium
Adult Size: 6 ”
Recommended Tank Size: 40 gal
Compatibility: Fairly peaceful but may be territorial towards similar species

Preferred Water Parameters
pH:                          6.5 – 7.5
Temp:                     78-82F
Ammonia:              0ppm
Nitrite:                    0ppm
Nitrate:                  <30ppm