“New Ranger” Pleco (Pterygoplichthys sp. “new ranger”)


One of the smallest species of pleco known, the “new ranger” is an as-yet undescribed species originating from the Nanay River in Peru. They are an excellent algae eater, feeding on many species of nuisance algae in the aquarium (including diatoms). Although small for a pleco, they are still substantial fish and should be given ample space and cover in the aquarium. Supplement their diet regularly with algae-based sinking foods, gel foods, and fresh vegetables.


“New Ranger” Pleco (Pterygoplichthys sp. “new ranger”)

Origin: Wild Peru
Locality: Rio Nanay
Diet: Omnivore and grazer, feeds on many kinds of pest algae but should be supplemented with sinking wafers or veggie-based foods
Adult Size: 7″ (among the smallest species of pleco)
Recommended Tank Size: 30 gallons
Compatibility: Peaceful

Preferred Water Parameters
pH:                          6.8 – 7.8
Temp:                     75-80F
Ammonia:              0ppm
Nitrite:                    0ppm
Nitrate:                  <30ppm