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L476 Black Phantom Pleco (Hemiancistrus sp. L476)

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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.

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Description

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