A beautiful catfish from Brazil, this large and peaceful pleco apart from being a nice addition to any large tank is also a good algae eater. A fish with no special requirements as far as the water values are concerned will do well in a broad range of pH values (6.5-7.5). The ideal aquascape is a tank with stones, roots and crevices big enough to be used by it - considering its large size. An omnivore fish will take any food offered but if the algae in the tank is not enough some green stuff should be offered (spirulina tablets or pellets, fresh spinach or lettuce). Will grow to a considerable size (40 cm) so tanks smaller than 150 liters are not to be considered for this fish. Very peaceful it is ideal for community tanks as well.
See also recommendations for Panaque sp.
Francesco added the following remark: Please note that a piece of bogwood is absolutely essential for the well being of this particular species since the lignine contained in it stimulates its digestion process.
Photo by G.Reclos-MCH
Panaque sp. nigrolineatus L027b (Teles-Pires royal pleco)