Peckoltia vittata

Common Names: Candy Striped Peckoltia
Candy Striped Pleco
Clown Pleco
Tiger Pleco
Tiger Striped Pleco
Family: Loricariidae
Category: Catfish_Bottom_Feeders
Distribution: America - South; America - South
Main Ecosystem: River; The Rio Xingu, parts of the Amazon Basin.
Temperament: Peaceful; Very territorial amongst unigender conspecifics, the aggressors usually being male.
Diet: Ominvore; They will eat most foods offered them. Though they are not great algae eaters, these plecs love vegetables, such as cucumber and zucchini. They relish meaty foods as well, and will devour live and frozen foods alike. These fish are best fed at night or just before the tank's lights go out, to ensure that they get their share of food. Since they are nocturnal, food added to the tank during the day will most likely be eaten by tankmates.
Care: These catfish are quite hardy. They tolerate most water conditions well, but like a good current, and well-oxygenated water. Provide at least one cave per fish, as they like to have their own special place/s to hide. They may fight with other Loricariids if not enough caves are available.
5.5 - 7.5
20°C - 26°C
68°F - 79°F
1 dH - 19 dH
Potential Size: Male: 11cm (4.3")
Female: 11cm (4.3")
Water Region: Bottom; They almost exclusively hang around the bottom.
Activity: Nocturnal; Nocturnal, though they may venture out during the daytime.
Gender: Males have odontodes on parts of their pectoral fins, and down the back half of their body. Also, females tend to be wider across the body.
Breeding: The Candy Striped Pleco is most easily bred in soft, acidic water. These fish are cave spawners, so a cave is necessary. After conditioning the pair, make sure their tank has water to their preference (as detailed above), and they should readily spawn in their cave.
Comments: Great community fish. They are often bought for their algae eating capabilities, and they do not disappoint.
Main Colours: White, Black, Brown
Markings: Striped Vertical
Mouth: Sucking Disc
Tail: Flat
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