L330 Watermelon Royal Pleco (Panaque nigrolineatus laurafabianae)


One of the most distinctively patterned of all the Royal Plecos, the L330 Watermelon or Spotted Royal is a large growing and impressive Loricariid found in parts of the Caqueta basin in Colombia. Like all of their relatives in the genus Panaque, they have specialized teeth that they use to graze on driftwood. In the aquarium, they should be provided with plenty of driftwood and specialized foods for wood eaters like Repashy’s xylivore gel diet or Sera’s catfish chips. As a large growing and messy fish, they require a large aquarium and frequent water changes to ensure optimal water quality.


L330 Watermelon Royal Pleco (Panaque nigrolineatus laurafabianae)

Origin: Wild Colombia
Locale: Rio Caqueta
Diet: Driftwood, algae, biofilm, vegetables, prepared sinking/gel diets
Adult Size: 20″
Recommended Tank Size: 120 gallons
Compatibility: Can be aggressive toward similar species

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

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