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Tiger Plecostomus L-002
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Peckoltia vermiculata

Tiger Plecostomus
Quick Stats:   Tiger Plecostomus

Family: Loricariidae
Range: South America
Size: Up to 6 inches
Diet: Omnivore
Tank Set-up: Freshwater: Plants, rocks, driftwood
Tank Conditions: 72-76°F; pH 6.5-7.5; dH 8-12
Minimum Tank Capacity: 30 gallons
Light: Medium
Temperament: Peaceful
Swimming Level: Bottom
Care Level: Easy
Reproduction: Egg Layer

The Tiger Plecostomus comes from the Amazon Basin of South America. It gets its name from the striped pattern it has on its body. The Tiger Plecostomus makes a good addition to any community aquarium.

Constant temperature and pH levels will help maintain this peaceful Plecostomus' health. Planted aquariums with high aeration and water movement provide a good environment. Rocks and driftwood help to accent a natural habitat and provide hiding spaces to reduce the stress for the Tiger Plecostomus. A 30-gallon tank or larger is recommended for this species.

Breeding in an aquarium setting has not been successful yet, however, different methods are being used in the industry. The Tiger Plecostomus is an egg-layer that tends to use plants and rocks as an anchor.

Feeding the Tiger Plecostomus is not difficult since it is not a finicky eater. Feeding off the bottom of the aquarium, it gets most of its nutrition from left over food and algae. If there is no algae or left over food present, supplement with high quality flake food, sinking carnivore pellets, freeze-dried bloodworms, and tubifex.

Ideal tank mates include:

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