Dekeyseria brachyura

Common Names: Butterfly Pleco
Flounder Pleco
Pretty Peckoltia
Synonyms: Peckoltia pulcher
Zonancistrus brachyura
Family: Loricariidae
Category: Catfish_Bottom_Feeders
Distribution: America - South; America - South
Main Ecosystem: River; The Barra do Rio Negro
Temperament: Peaceful; Peaceful. Males will incessantly flare and chase, but no harm will result
Diet: Ominvore; An algae-eating pleco that needs constant access to vegetable matter, but will also eat meaty foods.
Care: They like to have wood in their tanks, and rounded rocks which they can attach themselves to. They prefer well oxygenated water with a strong current.
5.5 - 7.2
24°C - 28°C
75°F - 82°F
2 dH - 17 dH
Potential Size: Male: 15cm (5.9")
Female: 15cm (5.9")
Water Region: Bottom; Bottom
Activity: Nocturnal; These fish are nocturnal, though they can be seen throughout the day.
Gender: Males develop noticeably larger odontodes on the snout margin prior to the evertible cheek odontodes and on the pectoral fin rays.
Breeding: Spawning is not easily induced, but is nowhere near as difficult as other notable members of the tribe ancistri, and spawnings are not an uncommon event. Cave spawners by nature, they will require tight fitting, preferrably rectangular (or, at the very least, flat bottomed) indentation in which to lodge themselves in to. Per usual, paternal instinct keeps the male specimen of this loricariid in which the eggs, fanning incessantly. The fry are releaed from the cave fully formed and capable of loo
Comments: Butterfly plecos can change their coloration to suit the substrate of their tank. They become dark colored in tanks with dark gravel, and vice-versa. They also change colors according to the time of day. These plecos don't usually harm live plants if they're fed properly. They are good algae eaters, and are good fish for a community fish tank.
Main Colours: Black, White
Markings: Striped Vertical
Mouth: Sucking Disc
Tail: Not Specified
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