L168 Demini Butterfly Pleco (Dekeyseria brachyura)


A beautifully patterned pleco found throughout the Rio Demini (a tributary of the Rio Negro) the L168 Butterfly Pleco or Brazil Butterfly Pleco inhabits warm, acidic blackwater areas in the wild. It is similar to the more common L052 found in the Orinoco Basin but grows larger and tends to develop much larger odontodes. 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.


L168 Demini Butterfly Pleco (Dekeyseria cf. brachyura)

Origin: Wild Brazil
Locale: Rio Demini
Diet: Omnivore and scavenger – should be fed a varied diet in the aquarium
Adult Size: 6 ”
Recommended Tank Size: 50 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