L476 Black Phantom Pleco (Hemiancistrus sp. L476)


The L476 Black Phantom Pleco is a rarely imported species of Hemiancistrus known from the Rio Uapes and upper Negro in Colombia and Venezuela, where it tends to inhabit fast-moving, warm, acidic waters. With their high contrast pattern of dark body coloration and distinctive yellowish spots, this pleco is a large, attractive species for a suitably large aquarium. 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.



L476 Black Phantom Pleco (Hemiancistrus sp. L476)

Origin: Wild Colombia
Locale: Upper Rio Negro outside San Felipe
Diet: Grazer and Scavenger. Prefers meaty, protein-rich feeds
Adult Size: 9″+
Recommended Tank Size: 90 gallons
Compatibility: Peaceful, but can be territorial towards other plecos

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