L201 Pleco 5cm

  • L201 Pleco (Hypancistrus sp. L201): A visually striking freshwater fish with beautiful black and white spotted appearance, adding elegance to any aquarium.
  • Efficient algae-eater: Keep your tank clean and well-maintained as the L201 Pleco grazes on algae and accepts sinking pellets and occasional live/frozen foods.
  • Peaceful nocturnal fish: Observe their captivating behavior during the night, and they peacefully coexist with other non-aggressive fish species.
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Introduction: Welcome to the world of the L201 Pleco! With its striking appearance and efficient algae-eating capabilities, this fish is a popular addition to many freshwater aquariums. If you’re looking for a unique and beneficial species to keep your tank clean and visually appealing, the L201 Pleco is an excellent choice.

Scientific Name: The L201 Pleco is scientifically known as Hypancistrus sp. L201.

Water Quality: Maintaining optimal water conditions is essential for the health and well-being of your L201 Pleco. These fish thrive in well-filtered and well-maintained freshwater.

  • Temperature: Keep the water temperature between 75°F to 82°F (24°C to 28°C).
  • pH Level: Aim for a slightly acidic to neutral pH range of 6.0 to 7.5.
  • GH Level: Maintain a general hardness (GH) between 2 to 12 dGH.
  • KH Level: Keep the carbonate hardness (KH) between 2 to 8 dKH.

Feeding: The L201 Pleco is primarily an algae-eater but will also accept sinking pellets, wafers, and occasional live or frozen foods like bloodworms. Providing them with driftwood in the tank will also help to supplement their diet.

Tank Mates: L201 Plecos are generally peaceful and can coexist with other peaceful fish species. However, avoid keeping them with aggressive or fin-nipping fish.

Substrates and Tank Decorations: Create a suitable environment for your L201 Pleco with a soft and sandy substrate. Provide them with ample hiding spots like caves and crevices formed by driftwood and rocks.

Suitable Plants: While the L201 Pleco is not known to heavily graze on live plants, you can include hardy species like Anubias and Java Fern that can withstand their occasional nibbling.

Sexing: Sexing adult L201 Plecos can be challenging, as there are no prominent external differences between males and females.

Breeding: Breeding L201 Plecos in captivity is relatively rare and requires specific conditions and preparation.

Maximum Size and Longevity: The L201 Pleco can grow up to 6 to 7 inches (15 to 18 cm) in length. With proper care, they can live for approximately 10 to 15 years, making them a long-term and captivating addition to your aquarium.

General Information: L201 Plecos are known for their beautiful black and white spotted appearance, making them a visually striking and sought-after species among aquarium enthusiasts. They are nocturnal by nature, and you may observe them being more active during the night.

A Fun Fact: One fascinating fact about L201 Plecos is their ability to produce a “squeaking” or “croaking” sound when they feel threatened or stressed. This sound is believed to be a defense mechanism to warn potential predators.

Add a touch of elegance and efficiency to your freshwater aquarium with the L201 Pleco. Watch these captivating fish gracefully explore and clean your tank, and be enchanted by their striking appearance and intriguing behavior for many years to come.


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