L200 Green Phantom Pleco (Hemiancistrus subviridis)


The L200 Green Phantom Pleco is a beautifully marked Loricariid found in fast-moving, rocky areas of the Orinoco and Ventuari Rivers in Colombia and Venezuela. With their light green body coloration and distinctive yellow spots, this pleco makes a colorful and unique addition to most medium to large aquariums. An omnivore, they will graze on algae but will also require a varied diet of sinking prepared foods, gel foods, and fresh vegetables like zucchini and squash. In the aquarium, they will do best in moderately soft, warm, well-oxygenated water with plenty of hiding places and moderate to strong current. This species requires excellent water quality to thrive so large frequent water changes should be considered necessary.


L200 Green Phantom Pleco (Hemiancistrus subviridis)

Origin: Wild Colombia
Locale: Rio Orinoco along the Colombia/Venezuela Border
Diet: Grazer and Scavenger. Prefers meaty, protein-rich feeds
Adult Size: 7″
Recommended Tank Size: 75 gallons
Compatibility: Peaceful, but can be territorial towards other similar plecos

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