L090 Papa Lyretail Pleco (Panaque bathyphilus)


The Papa Lyretail or Papa Panaque is found in the middle Amazon, where it usually inhabits relatively fast moving, sediment rich waters. As the name suggests, this species has a distinctive lyre-shaped tail which will develop elaborate streamers as they grow. Juvenile fish display an attractive pattern of spots and squiggles which will fade slightly as they approach adult size. Like its relatives, this pleco is highly adapted to feeding on submerged wood and should be offered plenty of driftwood and specialty foods for wood eaters in the aquarium.



L090 Papa Lyretail Pleco (Panaque bathyphilus)

Origin: Wild Peru
Locale: Rio Amazonas outside Iquitos
Diet: Algae grazer and omnivore, eats a significant amount of wood in the wild. should be offered a varied diet high in vegetable matter
Adult Size: 14″
Recommended Tank Size: 180 gallons
Compatibility: Peaceful, but can be territorial towards other plecos

Preferred Water Parameters
pH:                          6.5 – 7.5
Temp:                     76-82F
Ammonia:              0ppm
Nitrite:                    0ppm
Nitrate:                  <30ppm

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