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Clown Plecostomus

Last Updated: 3/8/21

Quick Information
Setup and Water Preferences
My Clown Plecos
Links and Pictures

I am new to these fish, so most of the sections below are empty until/unless I have time to fill them in.

Quick Information

Common names: Clown Plecostomus
Scientific/Latin name: Panaqolus maccus
Maximum length: 3.5 inches
Colors: Brown and yellow
Temperature preference: 73 to 82 degrees F
pH preference: 6 to 8
Hardness preference: Soft
Salinity preference: Low to medium
Compatibility: Good
Life span: 10 years
Ease of keeping: Moderate
Ease of breeding: Moderate


Setup and Water Preferences



My Clown Plecostomus

On 2/23/21, I bought two clown plecostomus. I put them in a 20 gallon quarantine tank with 12 other new fish to eventually go in my 65 gallon tank which I recently renovated. I put a small piece of driftwood in with them from my 20 gallon tank since they need to eat driftwood as well as regular foods. So far, they just spend their life hiding as best as they can.

On 3/6/21, I moved them to the 65 gallon aquarium where there are two large driftwood pieces. They each claimed one and stay stuck to them like glue. The man at the aquarium store said they were algae eaters but I have come to find that they really are not. They mostly live off of driftwood and what grows on it. They are interesting and worthy in their own right but not useful for eating attached algae for the most part. The tank is low on such algae at this point so that is fine.

Links and Pictures

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