L128 Blue Phantom Pleco (Hemiancistrus sp. L128)


The L128 Blue Phantom Pleco is a beautifully marked medium growing species of Pleco found in the warm, fast-flowing, rocky waters of the Orinoco River in Colombia and Venezuela. With their light blue overall body coloration and stunning iridescent blue spots, this pleco is deservedly popular in the aquarium hobby and will do well in most medium to large community aquariums provided their needs are met. An omnivore in the wild, they will graze on algae and biofilm but should be provided a varied diet including protein-rich sinking pellets and Repashy Gel Diet. Like most of their relatives in the genus Hemiancistrus, the Blue Phantom Pleco is sensitive to poor water quality so be sure to perform frequent large water changes. They will do best when provided with plenty of hiding places, warm, slightly acidic water, and moderate to strong current.


L128 Blue Phantom Pleco (Hemiancistrus sp. L128)

Origin: Wild Colombia
Locale: Rio Orinoco
Diet: Carnivore and scavenger, prefers protein-rich frozen or prepared diets
Adult Size: 7″
Recommended Tank Size: 75 gallons
Compatibility: Peaceful, can be territorial with similar species

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