L190 Royal Pleco (Panaque nigrolineatus)


The L190 or Orinoco Royal Pleco is a large growing species of  Panaque and probably the most commonly seen of the several species and variants known as Royal Plecos in the trade. Found in the Orinoco basin in Colombia and Venezuela, this distinctively marked pleco inhabits acidic water with moderate to fast flow. Like all species in the genus Panaque they are wood eaters by nature, and should be offered plenty of driftwood in the aquarium. Specialized diets like Repashy’s xylivore formula gel premix or Sera Catfish Chips are ideal for this species.


L190 Royal Pleco (Panaque nigrolineatus)

Origin: Wild Colombia
Locale:  Rio Orinoco
Diet: Driftwood, Algae, Biofilm
Adult Size: 16″
Recommended Tank Size: 120 gallons
Compatibility: Can be aggressive toward similar species and especially conspecifics.

Preferred Water Parameters
pH:                          6.5 – 7.5
Temp:                     76-80F
Ammonia:              0ppm
Nitrite:                    0ppm
Nitrate:                  <30ppm

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