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July 21, 2011

Welcome back to another week with us here at The Wet Spot!

It appears the water levels of South America are starting to fall, and we’re starting to see some new Loricariids available. Some of you may not know this, but the L-number Catfish are some of my favorite fish! This week we have several new species to offer. With much eagerness I’d like to begin with one of my personal favorites…

Panaque albomaculatus LDA31 “Mustard Spot Pleco” is certainly a striking fish. It has a brown body and little yellow spots that cover the fish, almost in a perfect line on each side of the frame. The fish may be under the genus Panaque, but seems to accept a variety of foods including sinking wafers and frozen or prepared foods. Reaching just over 5”, this fish can be ideal for most aquarium settings. Males, like most members of the Loricariids, develop odontodes among the head and pectoral fins. They can tolerate a wide Ph range and seem to do well with warmer water (all the way up to 91 degrees)!

Panaque albomaculatus

Let’s move on to something a little bigger. Peckoltia sabaji L75 “Para Pleco” grows to around 10” and can make a great addition to a school of Corydoras. In fact, these fish actually prefer to socialize with members of the Cory family. And with a great school of Corydoras schwartzi in stock, I’m sure you’ll be enjoying both spotted catfish! Once settled into an aquarium, Para Plecos are not shy to try most foods, and do not need the water as warm as many plecos do. Their bodies are yellow and covered in big black spots that get smaller as they reach the caudal fin. A nice school of peaceful tetras above them will allow these fish to become confident enough to start making daytime appearances. Seeing these beautiful fish out and about is something I know every family member will enjoy!

Peckoltia sabaji

Corydoras schwartzi

Unlike in human folklore, the Leporacanthicus galaxias L29 “Vampire Pleco” does not go around biting the necks of fish while they sleep, but rather gets its name from the yellowish teeth located on its upper lip. However, this fish does prefer a carnivorous diet and primarily feeds on snails in nature. In an aquarium a variety of prepared foods like prawns, worms, and pellets will help make it to its 10” maximum size. It’s easy to see where the name galaxias came from, as little yellow dots make up what looks like a galaxy against this fish’s natural black body.


Speaking of meat-eating plecos, we’ve had a great batch of Leporacanthicus triactus L91 “Three Beacon Pleco” in stock now for quite some time and they are extremely well conditioned. The L91 has always been one of my personal favorites and it’s easy to see why. Their body is a dark brown with black spots all over it. The spine of their dorsal fins is a bright orange color that is broken up by black bands, and the spine of tail also has this coloration. If you’re already familiar with the Vampire Plecos, this is a unique alternative! Both of these plecos do extremely well with two “eartheater” types that we have in stock - Geophagus abalios and Acarichthys heckelii “Threadfin Acara”, which are both striking fish that will add plenty of character to your tank!


That concludes this week’s notes. If you have any questions about fancy plecos, please contact me – I love to talk about them! As always be sure to check out the products link for the current list. For those of you who made it to ACA this weekend I hope you have a safe and happy time. Until next week!

Geophagus abalios

Acarichthys heckelii

Anthony Perry
Sales Manager