Black Dragon Cactus Pleco (Pseudacanthicus serratus)


One of the most distinctive of all the Cactus Plecos of the genus Pseudacanthicus, the Black Dragon or Serratus Pleco is a jet black, heavily spined species known only from Suriname. Like most of its relatives, they are largely carnivorous and prefer a protein rich diet. In the aquarium, they should be given ample hiding places and care should be taken with any other bottom dwelling tankmate as they can be extremely territorial.

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Black Dragon Cactus Pleco (Pseudacanthicus serratus)

Origin: Wild Suriname
Locale: Waters around Parmaribo
Diet: Omnivore and grazer, prefers a protein rich diet
Adult Size: 12.5″
Recommended Tank Size:  90 Gallon+
Compatibility: Aggressive towards most bottom dwelling tankmates and other plecos but generally will not harass other species.
Preferred Water Parameters
pH:                          6.2 – 7.2
Temp:                     76-82F
Ammonia:              0ppm
Nitrite:                    0ppm
Nitrate:                  <30ppm

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