Sultan Pleco Aka (Leporacanthicus Joselimai)

Sultan Pleco (Leporacanthicus Joselimai)

Sultan Pleco Aka (Leporacanthicus Joselimai)

Sultan Pleco Aka (Leporacanthicus Joselimai)

Sultan Pleco Aka (Leporacanthicus Joselimai)  The Sultan Pleco belongs to a group of catfish known as the vampire plecos. They are called this because they have 2 large fanglike teeth used for gripping prey. Yes, that’s right. This is not the kind of suckermouth catfish that will be content to scrape algae off the side of the aquarium or nibble whatever vegetables you feed to your bristlenose plecos. If you try to feed it those foods, it will starve. Instead it takes meatier fare but testricts its diet go invertebrates. Companion fish will never be attacked by this peaceful bottom-dweller. It also differs from many plecos often kept in aquaria by wanting to be in swiftly moving water. However, while they would thrive in a hillstream style setup, it is not necessary to keep them in such a tanked provided that you give them a lot of oxygen, strong filitration, and you are able to keep up with the water changes. You can keep them with most other fish as long as they do not have a similar body shape. Sultan plecos are a territorial species, even with each other. One male will tolerate several females but if you want to keep more than one male, a larger tank with clearly defined territories is recommended and enough caves and hiding spots for all individuals. A 110 liter/ 30 gallon tank could house a pair.
Origin: Brazil
Size: 15cm/ 6inches
Temperature: 25-27°C/ 77-81°F
Diet: Bloodworms, shrimp, chopped mussels and flake foods would make the perfect diet for this fish. They may also hunt snails but they should not be considered as the solution to controlling the population of pest snails in a tank.
Habitat: They do best in a tank with a sand bottom. They like shade, even in dimly lit tanks, so give them driftwood, stones, and caves that they can take refuge in or among.
Breeding: They breed in caves with the male guarding and fanning the eggs. No care is given to the young after they hatch, but the parents will not eat them.

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